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Nov. 6, 2015

Democracy is more than holding elections. Therefore, scholars and practitioners are increasingly paying attention to other important elements of democracy such as political parties and civil society. New V-Dem data allows comparing and analyzing civil society and political parties across the world better than ever before. For the first time in history, reliable and detailed data on manifold aspects of civil society and political parties are available for virtually all countries from 1900 to 20121. This policy brief highlights the first findings of V-Dem scholars analyzing this data. 

Key findings

  • New V-Dem evidence underscores the important role of civil society and political parties for consolidating democracy.
  • Strong political parties seem to contribute to economic growth.
  • On world average, civil society has become increaingly robust during the last decades. 

The Brief is available here.

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