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Cross-National Indicators of Liberal Democracy

Summary: The Cross-National Indicators of Liberal Democracy study is a collection of cross-national measures of political democracy that contains over 800 variables for most of the world's independent countries.

Main Points: This index includes a range of political, social, and economic measures. Specific topics include:

·        adult suffrage,

·        civil liberties,

·        political rights,

·        the openness,

·        fairness and competitiveness of the electoral process,

·        executive and legislative selection and effectiveness,

·        political party legitimacy,

·        political participation,

·        limitations on the executive branch of the government,

·        level of democratization,

·        economic openness,

·        constitutional development,

·        government legitimacy

·        the outlook for freedom.

A series of variables focuses on freedom and barriers to freedom, including:

·        freedom of peaceful assembly and association,

·        mail censorship,

·        women's rights,

·        freedom of information and technology,

·        freedom of political opposition,

·        freedom of the press.

Compulsory membership in state organizations and political parties and compulsory religion in schools are addressed as well. The two primary objectives of this project are to:

 (1) collect cross-national measures of political democracy;

(2) analyze some of the most widely used measures.

The data file contains over 800 variables, includes most of the world’s independent countries, and covers the years from 1950 to 1990.


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