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Varieties of Democracy Institute (V-Dem)


The V-Dem Institute is an independent research institute based at the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The Institute was founded by Professor Staffan I. Lindberg in 2014. The Institute is based at one of the two institutional homes of the V-Dem Project, Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame being the other one. On a regular basis V-Dem is producing a number of different publications such as Working Papers, Country Reports and Briefs, Policy Reports and Briefs, and Thematic Reports. The V-Dem Institute is in charge of most operations relating to data collection at V-Dem Project. V-Dem Project is a new approach to conceptualization and measurement of democracy. V-Dem has released its complete dataset as global public good, covering some 15 million data points across 173 countries. It includes about 350 unique and disaggregated democracy indicators, 34 mid-level indices, and 5 high-level indices from 1900 until today. Unlike any extant data set, V-Dem has worked with over 2,500 local and cross-national experts to provide evaluations on the many indicators on democracy. The dataset is the largest of its kind, enabling a vast research agenda and nuanced descriptive analyses that are comparable across time and space. In September 2016, V-Dem became the recipient of the Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Dataset Award 2016.
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