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Bühlmann, M; Merkel, W; Müller, L; Wessels, B (2012). The Democracy Barometer: a new instrument to measure the quality of democracy and its potential for comparative research. European Political Science, 11(4):519-536.

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Measuring characteristics of democracy is not an easy task, but anyone who does empirical research on democracy needs good measures. In this article, we present the Democracy Barometer, a new measure that overcomes the conceptual and methodological shortcomings of previous indices. It allows for a description and comparison of the quality of thirty established democracies in the timespan between 1995 and 2005. The article examines its descriptive purposes and demonstrates the potential of this new instrument for future comparative analyses.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Deposited On:24 Jan 2012 09:46
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:18
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher DOI:10.1057/eps.2011.46

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