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Double take: A reexamination of democracy and autocracy in modern polities

Gleditsch, KS and Ward, MD (1997) Double take: A reexamination of democracy and autocracy in modern polities. In: UNSPECIFIED, ? - ?.

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The Polity data are widely used to explore the causes and consequences of democratic authority patterns. These data often have been used uncritically. The authors explore some of the theoretical and empirical characteristics of these data. They show how the analytical composition of the well-known democracy and autocracy scores is not upheld by an empirical analysis of the component measurements and demonstrate that democracy, as measured by the Polity indicators, is fundamentally a reflection of decisional constraints on the chief executive. The recruitment and participation dimensions are shown to be empirically extraneous despite their centrality in democratic theory. The authors conclude that it is a mistake to overlook the categorical nature of these data and that an analysis of the constituent authority patterns is likely to be fruitful for the democratic peace and democratization literature.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Additional Information: Published proceedings: Journal of Conflict Resolution
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Peter Josse
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2015 12:17
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 00:15

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