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European Political Science

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 447–455 | Cite as

Is the Good Polity Attainable? – Measuring the Quality of Democracy

  • António Costa Pinto
  • Pedro C Magalhães
  • Luís de Sousa
Symposium

Abstract

This article introduces a discussion on defining, measuring, and assessing the quality of democracy. Providing a short overview of the papers of the Symposium, it places them within a broader context of current academic debate on various methodological, theoretical, and policy outreach dimensions of the topic.

Keywords

quality of democracy democratisation competition 

Notes

Acknowledgements

A special word of gratitude goes out to Professor Alfred Tovias for his invaluable help in providing the information for this article.

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© European Consortium for Political Research 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • António Costa Pinto
    • 1
  • Pedro C Magalhães
    • 1
  • Luís de Sousa
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Social Sciences of the University of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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