Title

Measuring Regime Type

Poster Number

17C

Lead Author Major

International Relations

Lead Author Status

Senior

Format

Poster Presentation

Faculty Mentor Name

Dari Sylvester Tran

Faculty Mentor Department

Political Science

Abstract/Artist Statement

In this paper, I create a new measure of regime type and examine the implication that using such a measure would have on existing scholarship. Existing measures are highly correlated with one another, which points to their external validity, but they often lack conceptual validity. A new measure, focused on those aspects of a government most minimally necessary for democracy, is a step toward improving that. In this measure, a democracy is considered to have (1) competitive elections, (2) a broad electorate, (3) transparency, and (4) actual authority of elected officials. Authoritarianism is considered a residual category where those countries not considered “real” democracies are placed. However, by coding each of the four necessary factors for democracy as a different binary variable (1=true, 0=false), there is greater conceptual flexibility in coding regimes according to their unique qualities.

Location

DeRosa University Center Ballroom

Start Date

27-4-2018 12:30 PM

End Date

27-4-2018 2:30 PM

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Measuring Regime Type

DeRosa University Center Ballroom

In this paper, I create a new measure of regime type and examine the implication that using such a measure would have on existing scholarship. Existing measures are highly correlated with one another, which points to their external validity, but they often lack conceptual validity. A new measure, focused on those aspects of a government most minimally necessary for democracy, is a step toward improving that. In this measure, a democracy is considered to have (1) competitive elections, (2) a broad electorate, (3) transparency, and (4) actual authority of elected officials. Authoritarianism is considered a residual category where those countries not considered “real” democracies are placed. However, by coding each of the four necessary factors for democracy as a different binary variable (1=true, 0=false), there is greater conceptual flexibility in coding regimes according to their unique qualities.