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.
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)
"A Classification of Latin American Political Parties"
Working Paper Number: 244
Published: November 1997
"Venezuela: Conservative Representation without Conservative Parties"
Working Paper Number: 268
Published: June 1999
Drugs, Civil War, and the Conditional Impact of the Economy on Democracy
Working Paper Number: 341
Published: October 2007
- Spring 2021 - Senior Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Vanderbilt University
- 2016: Co-recipient of the Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Dataset Award from the Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association (for Varieties of Democracy)
‘Cutting Edge Research in Action’: Research Cluster Focuses on Changes in Democracy
Sep 23, 2019
For the past two years, scholars with the Kellogg Institute’s Democratization Theory research cluster have worked to understand why and how democracy is changing worldwide.
Coming Home: Former PhD Fellow Presents New Book at Kellogg Panel
Sep 11, 2019
Members of the Kellogg community attended a recent discussion about a book on hybrid regimes within democracies by former PhD Fellow Carlos Gervasoni. Faculty Fellow and panelist Scott Mainwaring called the book “theoretically innovative” and “empirically rich.”
No Clear Way Forward: Venezuela Experts Discuss Country’s Future
Apr 25, 2019
“The crisis is affecting all the spaces of life,” said former Visiting Fellow Margarita López Maya, a retired professor at the Universidad Central de Venezuela who spoke as part of an April 25 policy discussion on Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis and its struggle for democracy in Washington, DC.
- “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)