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)
"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
Venezuela: Popular Sovereignty versus Liberal Democracy
Working Paper Number: 294
Published: April 2002
- 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)
‘The Reality Is That Nobody Knows’: Experts Address Venezuela’s Future
Feb 13, 2019
Teaser: A panel of experts who spoke February 12 at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies said Venezuela’s future – and whether it will transition to democracy – remains murky.
What We're Excited About: Forthcoming Book Documenting the V-Dem Project
Dec 19, 2018
It is very gratifying to see that the Varieties of Democracy dataset is now being widely used and cited, not only by researchers but also by international organizations, development agencies, activists, teachers, and students.
- “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)