Measuring Democracy A Bridge Between Scholarship and Politics

ISBN-10: 0801890934
ISBN-13: 9780801890932
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 2/19/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Although democracy is a widely held value, concrete measurement of it is elusive. Gerardo L. Munck's constructive assessment of the methods used to measure democracies promises to bring order to the debate in academia and in practice.Drawing on his years of academic research on democracy and measurement and his practical experience evaluating democratic practices for the United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS), Munck's discussion bridges the theories of academia with practical applications. In proposing a more open and collaborative relationship between theory and action, he makes the case for reassessing how democracy is measured and encourages fundamental changes in methodology. Munck's field-tested framework for quantifying and qualifying democracy is built around two instruments he developed: the UN Development Programme's Electoral Democracy Index (EDI) and a case-by-case election monitoring tool used by the OAS.Measuring Democracy offers specific, real-world lessons that scholars and practitioners can use to improve the quality and utility of data about democracy.

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Bringing Knowledge to Bear on Politics The Uses and Misuses of Data in Democracy Promotion
Conceptualizing and Measuring Democracy An Evaluation of Alternative Indices
Drawing Boundaries The Crafting of Intermediate Regime Categories
Producing and Validating Political Data The Case of the Electoral Democracy Index
Assessing Elections A Methodology for Election Observation Missions
Revisting Concepts Democracy and Other Political Values
Developing Measures Beyond Electoral Democracy
Notes
References
Index

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