A Complete Data Set of Political Regimes, 1800–2007

  title={A Complete Data Set of Political Regimes, 1800–2007},
  author={Carles Boix and Michael Miller and Sebastian Rosato},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  pages={1523 - 1554}
This article updates and describes a widely used data set on democracy. Covering 1800–2007 and 219 countries, it represents the most comprehensive dichotomous measure of democracy currently available. We argue that our measure’s distinguishing features—a concrete, dichotomous coding and a long time span—are of critical value to empirical work on democracy. Inspired by Robert Dahl, we define a country as democratic if it satisfies conditions for both contestation and participation. Specifically… 

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