June 9, 2017
Call: Country Experts for V-Dem
Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) is looking for Country Experts to assist with the next update in January 2018, willing to contribute to making the largest dataset on democracy even better in the future. In these times when democracy is at risk in many places, offer a few hours of your time, and contribute to the common good for science and international society!
V-Dem is a global, collaborative research project providing the largest ever database on democracy, headquartered at the V-Dem Institute, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. V-Dem provides distinct indices of electoral, liberal, participatory, deliberative, and egalitarian democracy, as well as some 40 indices of specific components of democracy and over 350 detailed indicators, for 177 countries over 117 years. The dataset contains 17 million data points, available for download or for online analysis free of charge on the V-Dem webpage: www.v-dem.net
The Role of a Country Expert
About half of the V-Dem data depends on evaluations by Country Experts - individuals with deep knowledge of a specific thematic area for a particular country, or set of countries.
We conduct annual updates of the V-Dem database. During these updates, most Country Experts work on one country, observed over the past several decades, and on one or two clusters of questions, e.g.: (1) elections and political parties, (2) the executive, the legislature and deliberation, (3) judiciary, civil liberty and sovereignty, and (4) civil society, media freedom and political equality. The coding procedure is entirely web-based. The default language for the online surveys is English but the survey also available in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and Russian.
Be a V-Dem Country Expert!
How to apply to become a Country Expert
We will restart the application process in summer 2018. Meanwhile please subscribe to our newsletter to receive the latest news and calls.