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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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Abstract

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.

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
DDC:320 Political science
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:24 Jan 2012 10:46
Last Modified:27 Nov 2013 22:26
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISSN:1680-4333
Publisher DOI:10.1057/eps.2011.46
Citations:Web of Science®. Times Cited: 2
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