Michael Coppedge is professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, where he is a faculty fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. His research interests include democratization and the quality of democracy; Latin American parties and party systems; Venezuelan politics; and comparative politics methodology.
Coppedge is one of the principal investigators for the Varieties of Democracy project (V-Dem), which has measured hundreds of attributes of democracy and governance for most countries since 1900 and won the APSA Comparative Politics Section's 2016 “Best Dataset” prize. He argues for the complementarity of large- and small-sample research and qualitative and quantitative methods and is now using V-Dem data to analyze dimensions of democracy and the diffusion of democracy.
The author of Democratization and Research Methods (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Strong Parties and Lame Ducks: Presidential Partyarchy and Factionalism in Venezuela (Stanford, 1994), he has published numerous articles in journals such as the Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Party Politics, and in various books.
Coppedge, who holds a PhD from Yale University, taught at Johns Hopkins-SAIS, Princeton University, and Yale before coming to Notre Dame.
Democratization, quality of democracy; Latin American parties and party systems; Venezuelan politics; Methodology of comparative politics
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.
Working paper (non-Kellogg)
Drugs, Civil War, and the Conditional Impact of the Economy on Democracy
Working Paper Number: 341
Published: October 2007
Venezuela: Popular Sovereignty versus Liberal Democracy
Working Paper Number: 294
Published: April 2002
"A Classification of Latin American Political Parties"
Working Paper Number: 244
Published: November 1997
Rethinking Democratization From Scratch
Mar 26, 2018
A new Kellogg initiative studying how democracies and regimes change aims to rethink old, Western-centric ways of measuring democratization.
Global Press Freedom Plunges to Worst Level This Century
Dec 4, 2017
V-Dem data forms the basis of new report on media freedoms.
- “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)