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)
V-Dem Researchers Plot Path Forward in Rome Conference
Oct 25, 2017
Researchers involved in the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) project gathered in Rome from across the Americas and Europe to present their latest findings at the conference ”What Do We Know About Democratization After 117 Years?”
Kellogg Institute Announces New Research Clusters
Oct 10, 2017
Two major faculty-led research projects have won multiyear funding from the Kellogg Institute as it launches a prominent new research cluster initiative.
Coppedge Publishes in Perspectives on Politics
Jul 5, 2017
In a new article in Perspectives on Politics, Faculty Fellow Michael Coppedge and colleagues from the Varieties of Democracy project show how the V-Dem data opens new possibilities for studying civil society in comparative politics.
- “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)