Where to draw the line? From degree to dichotomy in measures of democracy

@article{Bogaards2012WhereTD,
  title={Where to draw the line? From degree to dichotomy in measures of democracy},
  author={Matthijs Bogaards},
  journal={Democratization},
  year={2012},
  volume={19},
  pages={690 - 712}
}
While there is much debate about the merits of dichotomous versus continuous measures of democracy, surprisingly little attention is paid to the question as to how to go from degree to dichotomy. This study identifies no less than 38 different ways in which Freedom House and Polity scores have been used to distinguish between democracies and non-democracies. The analysis shows that it is difficult to draw the line in measures of democracy, even for Freedom House and Polity themselves. These… Expand
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