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The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn't What It Used to Be by Moisés Naím

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APPENDIX

Democracy and Political Power:Main Trends During the Postwar Period

Note to readers: This appendix—prepared by Mario Chacón, PhD, Yale University—applies particularly to Chapter 5.

MEASURING THE EVOLUTION OF DEMOCRACY AND DICTATORSHIP

I start by taking a look at how the number of democratic regimes has changed over the last four decades. To determine which countries are democracies and which ones are not, I have used two taxonomies widely employed in the academic literature.

The first taxonomy of regimes is the one provided in the Freedom in the World survey conducted by Freedom House (2008). In this survey, regimes are classified as “not free,” “partially free,” and “free.” Each country is classified depending on a scale that measures ...

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