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Polity2 (Polity IV)

2014
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Methodology

Polity2 is a revised combined POLITY Score. This variable is a modified version of the POLITY variable added in order to facilitate the use of the POLITY regime measure in time-series analyses. It modifies the combined annual POLITY score by applying a simple treatment, to convert instances of “standardized authority scores” (i.e., -66, -77, and -88) to conventional polity scores (i.e., within the range, -10 to +10).  

Note that POLITY score captures political regime authority spectrum on a 21-pont scale ranging from -10 (hereditary monarchy) to +10 (consolidated democracy). The Polity scores can also be converted into regime categories in a suggested three part categorization of "autocracies" (-10 to -6), "anocracies" (-5 to +5 and three special values: -66, -77 and -88), and "democracies" (+6 to +10). Performance score from 0 to 100. The highest score reflects the best situation.

Source: Center for Systemic Peace (CSP), Polity IV dataset version 2015.

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