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Measuring Democracy: A Bridge between Scholarship and Politics (Democratic Transition and Consolidation)

Munck, Gerardo L.

Verlag: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009
ISBN 10: 0801890926 / ISBN 13: 9780801890925
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Titel: Measuring Democracy: A Bridge between ...

Verlag: Johns Hopkins University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2009

Einband: Hardcover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Munck's book is a laudable effort to build bridges between the world of democratic theory and related methodologies and the practical world of politics and government, which in the past have remained isolated from each other. Data and measurements produced by scholars do have an impact outside the academic world, and, as Munck compellingly argues, scholars have a social responsibility to produce useful knowledge. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0801890926

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Although democracy is a widely held value, concrete measurement of it is elusive. Gerardo L. Munck?s constructive assessment of the methods used to measure democracies promises to bring order to the debate in academia and in practice.

Drawing on his years of academic research on democracy and measurement and his practical experience evaluating democratic practices for the United Nations and the Organization of American States, Munck's discussion bridges the theories of academia with practical applications. In proposing a more open and collaborative relationship between theory and action, he makes the case for reassessing how democracy is measured and encourages fundamental changes in methodology. Munck?s field-tested framework for quantifying and qualifying democracy is built around two instruments he developed: the UN Development Programme?s Electoral Democracy Index and a case-by-case election monitoring tool used by the OAS.

Measuring Democracy offers specific, real-world lessons that scholars and practitioners can use to improve the quality and utility of data about democracy.

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Gerardo L. Munck is a professor in the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California. He consults regularly on democracy evaluation for international and nongovernmental organizations, including the United Nations and the Organization of American States. Munck is the coauthor of Passion, Craft, and Method in Comparative Politics, also published by Johns Hopkins.

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