CEI-Iscte researcher Tiago Fernandes has launched his new book Democratic Quality in Southern Europe, based on new data from the Varieties of Democracy project, which analyzes the democratic trajectories of France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain over the last 50 years.
Fueled by new data from the Varieties of Democracy project, Democratic Quality in Southern Europe takes a close look at the democratic trajectories of France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain over the past fifty years.
Despite similar beginnings, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain have experienced significant variations in the way their democracies have evolved. Covering ground from the protest movements of the late ’60s and early ’70s to the challenges that resulted from the financial crisis of the Great Recession, editor Tiago Fernandes expertly draws together a collection of essays that look beyond the impact of socioeconomic development in these five countries, exploring innovative and nuanced explanations for their diverging paths.
Democratic Quality in Southern Europe combines new data with classical methodologies to create fresh, convincing hypotheses on the development, quality, and depth of democracy in this critical region.
You can buy the book here: https://undpress.nd.edu/9780268207755/democratic-quality-in-southern-europe/
CEI-Iscte is part of the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) network, which takes a unique approach to conceptualizing and measuring democracy. V-Dem distinguishes five high-level principles of democracy: electoral, liberal, participatory, deliberative and egalitarian, and collects data to measure these principles.