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This year’s Democracy Report is titled “Democracy Facing Global Challenges”. Democratic declines now affect more countries than ever before. Still, most democracies remain resilient despite challenges such as the financial crises and the rampant spread of fake news on social media. Yet, we show that government manipulation of the media, weakening of civil society, the rule of law and even elections is increasing.

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This year, V-Dem collected data on a new set of survey questions on exclusion. The questions examine the extent to which exclusion marks different groups in society. This post looks into exclusion by socio-economic group.

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It is connected to reduced life expectancy, mental health and chronic stress levels of populations. 

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This year, V-Dem collected data on a completely new set of survey questions on exclusion. The questions examine the extent to which exclusion strikes different groups in society. This post looks into exclusion by social group.

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Providing preferential treatment to certain ethnic groups in educational settings; disallowing migrants and refugees their rights to protection; failing to recognize certain groups of people as citizens based on their ethnicity and/or religious affiliations. These are various forms of exclusion in the world today. The second blog post looks into the exclusion of social groups.

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Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) is looking for Country Experts.

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While no country has achieved absolute gender equality, there has been tremendous progress made in a variety of contexts. Unfortunately, change has not occurred universally around the world today. 

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153 years – is what the World Economic Forum (WEF) estimates is needed to close the gender gap in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The coming blog post on “Exclusion” will look at exclusion by gender. 

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Scholars, policy makers and journalists from around the world are using data from the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Project in order to understand the current challenges to democracy. Today, the V-Dem Institute has released an updated version of its award-winning dataset covering 202 countries from 1789 to 2018. 

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New Data is Coming!

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Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute offers an internship programme for students. Internship gives opportunity to obtain practical experience in working within academia in an international environment. 

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Press Release

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The V-Dem Institute is releasing four new tools, making it possible to create even more comprehensive and nuanced charts for both beginners and advanced users.

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A commentary for the Baltic Worlds by Vello Pettai, Professor of Comparative, Politics at the University of Tartu and Director of the V-Dem Regional Center for Eastern Europe and Russia.

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”New Challenges to Democracy, Governance, and Peace”

This year’s Policy Dialogue Day is organized by the V-Dem (Varieties of Democracy) Institute, the QoG (Quality of Government) Institute, GLD-Gothenburg (Program for Governance and Local Development), UCPD (Uppsala Conflict Data Program) and ViEWS (a Political Violence Early-Warning System). 

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On December 4th, the ceremony of the 7th Annual Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards took place in New York.

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V-Dem Institute is releasing eight new and updated Graphing Tools with enhanced customization controls, user interface improvements, new data export format and much more.

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V-Dem Institute is looking for a Data Manager! Deadline: November, 4th

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V-Dem is looking for a Post-Doc with a start in Spring 2019 or latest by September 1st, 2019.

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V-Dem Institute in collaboration with the Department of Political and Administrative Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zambia organized a V-Dem Regional Conference 2018 on Southern Africa, June 11-12, 2018.

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In what ways can we compare and better understand patterns of autocratization in the post-communist world? Autocratization can be seen as a process, in which democratic institutions, rights and practices are curtailed or undermined – to the point, of course, where an autocratic regime takes hold.

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We are searching for Country Coordinator on Brunei!

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Secretary-General's Senior Advisor on Policy Ms. Ana María Menéndez - remarks to the Policy Dialogue Day 2018.

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Key finding: Global levels of democracy remain high, but autocratization – the decline of democratic attributes – affects 2.5 billion people and is gaining momentum. 

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Research shows that countries with women in parliaments are more likely to achieve developmental goals that are of importance to women. In some African countries, it has led to lower levels of maternal mortality for both mothers and children. During an international conference at the University of Gothenburg on May 30, leading researchers and decision makers will gather to discuss, among other things, how the role of women in development and foreign policy can contribute to creating more equal societies.

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Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) is looking for Country Experts.

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The Varieties of Democracy Project is releasing a groundbreaking dataset with new data from 1789-2017!

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In April 2018, Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) is releasing a new version of the democracy dataset – version 8 - covering 202 countries and going back to 1789! 

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Available for free download

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”New Research = Better Policies: Insights on Democracy, Governance, and Armed Conflict”.

This year’s Policy Dialogue Day is organized by the V-Dem (Varieties of Democracy) Institute, the QoG (Quality of Government) Institute, GLD-Gothenburg (Program for Governance and Local Development), UCPD (Uppsala Conflict Data Program) and ViEWS (a Political Violence Early-Warning System). 

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The Department of International and Comparative Politics of American University of Central Asia held on November 30, 2017 an inaugural workshop of a newly created V-Dem Regional Center for Central Asia. 

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Varieties of Democracy Academic Workshop November 14, 2017 ‘V-Dem Data from a Regional Perspective: Insights from South America’, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá - Colombia

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Nine researchers involved in the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) project gathered in Rome, Italy from across the Americas and Europe on October 17–19 2017 to present their latest findings at the conference ”What Do We Know About Democratization After 117 Years?”.