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Assessing the quality of democracy: Freedom, competitiveness and participation in eighteen Latin American countries

Altman, D and Pérez-Linán, A (2002) Assessing the quality of democracy: Freedom, competitiveness and participation in eighteen Latin American countries. Democratization, 9 (2). 85 - 100. ISSN 1351-0347

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Abstract

This article explores the problem of conceptualizing and measuring the quality of democracy in Latin America. The first part discusses the use of the concept and the need for an operational measure. It explores three dimensions of the quality of democracy: civil rights, participation and effective competition. The second part develops an indicator of effective competition, one of the key dimensions of the concept. The third part analyses the empirical relationship between all three dimensions in 18 Latin American countries between 1978 and 1996. The study constructs summary measures of the quality of democracy in several ways, and show that the ranking of the cases is highly consistent no matter the procedure applied. The final section tests the validity of the measure and discusses its limitations.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
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Altman, D
Pérez-Linán, A
Date: 1 January 2002
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Democratization
Volume: 9
Number: 2
Page Range: 85 - 100
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/714000256
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Political Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1351-0347
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Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 20:42
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:57
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/23115

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