Expected Stability: Defining and Measuring Democratic Consolidation

Schedler, Andreas (November 1997) Expected Stability: Defining and Measuring Democratic Consolidation. IHS Political Science Series 50

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Abstract: The paper starts with a probabilistic definition of democratic consolidation. A democratic regime is consolidated, it claims, when it has acquired a high probability of survival. The article discusses some implications and complications ofthis definition: its probabilistic foundations and its continuous, cognitive, and subjective nature. This descriptive concept of democratic consolidation, the text argues in continuation, helps avoiding two common methodological pitfalls: etiological definitions (that fail to distinguish between defining features and causal variables) and operational definitions (that fail to distinguish between concepts and operational indicators). The essay concludes with some reflections on the observation and measurement of democratic consolidation.;

Item Type: IHS Series
Status: Published
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 10:36
Last Modified: 03 May 2016 10:28
URI: http://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/1026

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