Data is released

Jan. 4, 2016

The dataset is the largest of its kind and the most comprehensive database on democracy, enabling a vast research agenda and nuanced descriptive analyses that are comparable across time and space.

The dataset includes about 350 unique and disaggregated democracy indicators, 34 mid-level indices, and 5 high-level indices (electoral, liberal, participatory, deliberative and egalitarian democracy) from 1900. The full dataset can now be downloaded from the V-Dem website, free of charge, via:

The data is also available for viewing in the user-friendly V-Dem online analysis tools:

This first official release of V-Dem marks a milestone for the study of democracy in the world. We have been working hard towards this day for the past five years. This major achievement would not have been possible without the generous support of (in order of magnitude): Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Knut & Alice Wallenberg Foundation, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Sweden, the European Commission/EuroAID, the Swedish Research Council, International IDEA, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Denmark, the Danish Research Council, the Canadian International Development Agency, NORAD/the Norwegian Research Council, and the Quality of Government Institute, with co-funding from University of Gothenburg and University of Notre Dame. 

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