What is Exclusion and How Does it Manifest in Societies?

March 28, 2019 news

This year, V-Dem collected data on a completely new set of indicators on exclusion. The questions examine the extent to which exclusion occurs between different groups in society. The main groups studied were exclusion by political group, gender, socio-economic position and geographic position. The results are opening up a brand new area of possible inquiries and will be included in the upcoming V-Dem dataset to be released in just few days. Coverage: All countries in V-Dem from 1900 to 2018!

What are these groups excluded from?

  • Positions of political power and influence
  • Protection of rights and freedoms 
  • Access to public goods and services 
  • Opportunities to work in state bodies, and 
  • Do business with the state.

What can we (and you) do with this data? 

Important trends regarding access to power and liberties, and the resulting opportunities available to certain groups in society are identified and measured in this new data. The effects of exclusion of social, political, socio-economic, geographically located, or groups by gender can have dire consequences not only for the ones concerned, but for society as a whole. This has not only the potential to affect countries’ level of democracy both directly and indirectly, but important outcomes such as economic growth, infant mortality and general health, civil conflict and the effects of natural disasters.

In the upcoming weeks we will be sharing these trends in a series of posts and look into why effort and resources need to be allocated to advocate for change on these issues.

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