Sept. 13, 2016
The collection and publication of data is a vital community service. As such, the Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Dataset Award (award for best dataset in comparative politics established in 1999) is not just a recognition of excellent scholarship, but a “thank you” from the comparative politics community to those making the effort to create data of value to everyone. The Dataset Award recognizes a publicly available data set that has made an important contribution to the field of comparative politics.
On September, 3, at APSA section for Comparative Politics, the award committee mentioned a truly fierce competition this year: “We in the committee had to select between several very worthy candidates. All nominated datasets are the fruit of a lot of hard work and creative thinking of the data collectors”. The best nominee and the winner became the Varieties of Democracy project.
The committee was impressed not only by the size of the project, but also the innovative thinking of conceptualization of the many new indicators: “To do so the team has undertaken a breathtaking data gathering exercise. It is our belief – and hope – that the V-Dem will become a standard dataset in comparative research for years to come“.
V-Dem Dataset Co-authors:
Coppedge, Michael, John Gerring, Staffan I. Lindberg, Svend-Erik Skaaning, Jan Teorell, David Altman, Frida Andersson, Michael Bernhard, M. Steven Fish, Adam Glynn, Allen Hicken, Carl Henrik Knutsen, Kyle Marquardt, Kelly McMann, Valeriya Mechkova, Farhad Miri, Pamela Paxton, Daniel Pemstein, Josefine Pernes, Jeffrey Staton, Natalia Stepanova, Eitan Tzelgov, Yi-ting Wang, and Brigitte Zimmerman.
Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem):