Gradations of Democracy? Empirical Tests of Alternative Conceptualizations

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dc.creator Elkins, Zachary
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-08T21:26:59Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-08T21:26:59Z
dc.date.created 2000-04
dc.date.issued 2012-04-08
dc.identifier.citation "Gradations of Democracy? Empirical Tests of Alternative Conceptualizations." 2000. American Journal of Political Science 44: 293-300.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2152/15335
dc.description.abstract A group of influential scholars has argued emphatically that democracy should be measured dichotomously. This position challenges--on both theoretical and methodological grounds--the widespread practice of measuring democracy with graded scales, a practice which has been endorsed by leading methodologists who study democracy. This article proposes several empirical tests that evaluate the competing strategies. The evidence suggests that, on the whole, graded measures have superior validity and reliability. Hence, we should understand that specific cases correspond to the concept of democracy to varying degrees--degrees that can and should be measured.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher American Journal of Political Science
dc.publisher Midwest Political Science Association
dc.subject Methodology
dc.subject Political Science
dc.subject Dichotomous
dc.subject Democracy
dc.subject Gradation
dc.subject Continuous
dc.subject Gradations of Democracy
dc.subject Variables
dc.subject Quantitative
dc.title Gradations of Democracy? Empirical Tests of Alternative Conceptualizations
dc.type Article
dc.description.department Government

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