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Michael CoppedgeMichael Coppedge

Professor of Political Science
(PhD, Yale University, 1988)
Academic Office:
216 Hesburgh Center

Geographic focus: Latin America (Venezuela, Andean countries); cross-regional

Thematic interests: Democratization, quality of democracy; Latin American parties and party systems; Venezuelan politics; Methodology of comparative politics.

Current research: Varieties of Democracy; the conditions that promote stable democracy, especially in Latin America; and the factors that have shaped party systems in eleven Latin American countries, employing both case studies and quantitative analysis.

Selected publications:

  • Making Embedded Knowledge Transparent: How the V-Dem Dataset Opens New Vistas in Civil Society Research,” with Michael Bernhard, Eitan Tzelgov, Dong-Joon Jung, and Staffan I. Lindberg, Perspectives on Politics 15, 2 (June 2017)

  • "Variedades da Democracia no Brasil," with Fernando Bizzarro, Opinião Pública 23, 1 (April 2017)

  • "Variedades da Democracia no Brasil," with Fernando Bizzarro, Opinião Pública 23, 1 (April 2017)

  • "Measuring High Level Democratic Principles using the V-Dem Data," with Staffan I. Lindberg, Svend-Er ik Skaaning, and Jan Teorell, International Political Science Review 37, 5 (November 2016)

  • "O'Donnell the Conceptual Artist," APSA-CD: Comparative Democratization 10, 2 (2012).

  • “Variedades de democracia: un enfoque histórico, multidimensional y desagregado” (with John Gerring and Staffan I. Lindberg), Revista Española de Ciencia Política 30 (2012)

  • Democratization and Research Methods (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
    Honorable Mention, Best Book award by the American Political Science Association's Comparative Democratization Section

  • “Conceptualizing and Measuring Democracy: A New Approach” (with John Gerring, David Altman, Michael Bernhard, Steven Fish, Allen Hicken, Matthew Kroenig, Staffan I. Lindberg, Kelly Mcmann, Pamela Paxton, Holli A. Semetko, Svend-Erik Skaaning, Jeffrey Staton, and Jan Teorell), Perspectives On Politics 9, 2 (June 2011)

  • “Two Persistent Dimensions of Democracy: Contestation and Inclusiveness” (with Angel Alvarez and Claudia Maldonado), Journal of Politics 70:3 (July 2008)

  • “Continuity and Change in Latin American Party Systems,” Taiwan Journal of Democracy 3:2 (December 2007)

  • “Theory Building and Hypothesis Testing: Large- vs. Small-N Research on Democratization,” in Gerardo Munck, ed., Regimes and Democracy in Latin America, Vol. I: Theories and Findings (2007)

  • “Diffusion Is No Illusion: Neighbor Emulation in the Third Wave of Democracy” (with Daniel Brinks), Comparative Political Studies (May 2006)

  • “Explaining Democratic Deterioration in Venezuela Through Nested Inference,” in Frances Hagopian and Scott Mainwaring, eds., The Third Wave of Democratization in Latin America (2005)

  • “Soberanía popular versus democracia liberal en Venezuela,” in Jorge I. Domínguez and Michael Shifter, eds., Construyendo gobernabilidad democrática (2005)

  • “Latin American Parties: Political Darwinism in the Lost Decade,” in Larry Diamond and Richard Gunther, eds., Political Parties and Democracy (2001)

  • “The Dynamic Diversity of Latin American Party Systems,” Party Politics (October 1998)

  • Strong Parties and Lame Ducks: Presidential Partyarchy and Factionalism in Venezuela (1994)

  • Numerous articles on comparative and Latin American politics in Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, The Journal of Democracy, and Studies in Comparative International Development, among others

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Public Policy/Service:

  • “Training and Regional Exchange” workshop drawing on V-Dem data (with PhD Fellow Lucía Tiscornia). Two-day training for new Academic Research Network of the Regional Project on Human Rights and Democracy, San Salvador, El Salvador; funded by USAID and the Pan American Development Foundation through Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (June 15–16, 2017)

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Ford Program

Varieties of Democracy

Latin American/North America Church Concerns

Notre Dame Award

Kellogg Faculty Fellows

Visiting Fellows Program

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International Development Studies Minor

Latin American Studies Minor

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