Where can I find a simple list quantifying the number of democracies in the world from 1945-2010?
I have been trying to find a data set that would have the number of democracies in the world at a given point in time. Most of the data sets on the web are either too obtuse or would require too much time to crunch the numbers. Right now, I would be content with just a simple list showing the number of democracies in the world during each year from 1945 until 2010.
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This is an interesting question, and unfortunately after much searching I could not find that specific list anywhere: a simple chronological list of total Democracies by year does not seem to exist, and I believe you may have to do that number crunching to create it. If you do, you can post it here below my answer.
That being said, I was able to find some information about democracies over history. You have probably seen the Wikipedia page on the subject, and the Wikipedia article on the History of Democracy (these are probably your most useful sources, since they contain so much detail). The Hoover Institute has a good article on democratic history. Nobelprize.org has an interactive map, although it doesn't focus much on years and dates.
Here are some opinion articles on democracy around the world:
users.erols.com, and another from the same source
Here is a .PDF file with a lot of information:
The problem is that the question is so specific, and multiples iterations of search parameters turned up nothing that serves it directly. However, I think you'll have enough resources listed here to figure out your next course of action.
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