Summary: The Polyarchy Dataset evaluates countries based on the health and vibrancy of their democratic institutions. Countries are rated on scales of political competition, political participation, and an overall democracy index. The dataset covers 187 countries over the period 1810 to 2000.
Main Points: The Polyarchy Dataset was compiled by Tatu Vanhanen - emeritus professor at the University of Tampere and at the University of Helsinki.
Tatu Vanhanen constructed the original dataset as a series of fact sheets for every country (1810–1998) with the updated data for 1999 and 2000.
The index file has seven variables:
· Vanhanen's country number
· Index of Democracy
· State name abbreviation from the Correlates of War project (COW)
· COW country number
Access to database: http://www.prio.no/Data/Governance/Vanhanens-index-of-democracy/
Source: Polyarchy dataset, Vanhanen's index of democracy, 2013.
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