Classifying political regimes

Mike Alvarez, José Antonio Cheibub, Fernando Limongi, Adam Przeworski

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This study presents a classification of political regimes as democracies and dictatorships for a set of 141 countries between 1950 or the year of independence and 1990. It improves existing classifications by a better grounding in political theory, an exclusive reliance on observables rather than on subjective judgements, an explicit distinction between systematic and random errors, and a more extensive coverage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-36
Number of pages34
JournalStudies In Comparative International Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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