Measuring Democracy : A Bridge between Scholarship and Politics

Measuring Democracy : A Bridge between Scholarship and Politics

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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, 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 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.


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Author(s)
Gerardo L. Munck
Format
Paperback | 200 pages
Dimensions
156 x 235 x 11mm | 272g
Publication date
15 Apr 2009
Publisher
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
Publication City/Country
Baltimore, MD, United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
7 Line drawings, black and white
ISBN10
0801890934
ISBN13
9780801890932
Bestsellers rank
1,717,219