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Data Set Description for Chapter 1: The V-Dem Dataset

This chapter introduces to the V Dem Dataset.

Exercise for Chapter 1

This chapter introduces into the fundamentals of democracy and how it can be measured.

Data Set Description for Chapter 2: Cyclical Majorities

This chapter introduces to the concept of model-building as well as a theoretical toolbox for studying democracy in Europe. The analytical concepts of this toolbox will be useful for understanding many of the different aspects of democratic politics in Europe that are discussed throughout the book. Later chapters will continually refer back to the model that we present here.

Exercise for Chapter 2

This chapter introduces the concept of model-building as well as a theoretical toolbox for studying democracy in Europe. The analytical concepts of this toolbox will be useful for understanding many of the different aspects of democratic politics in Europe that are discussed throughout the book. Later chapters will continually refer back to the model that we present here.

Data Set Description for Chapter 3: The Regional Authority Index (RAI)

This chapter explores the territorial nature of European politics. It suggests that policy making in Europe resembles a system of multilevel governance in which policy authority at the national level is increasingly shared with European Union (EU) institutions at the supranational level, and regional governments at the subnational level. In order to understand the complex relationships between these different levels government, this chapter familiarizes students with the key concepts to understand multilevel politics, such as the pooling and delegation of policy authority as well as federalism and decentralization.

Exercise for Chapter 3

This chapter explores the territorial nature of European politics. It suggests that policy making in Europe resembles a system of multilevel governance in which policy authority at the national level is increasingly shared with European Union (EU) institutions at the supranational level, and regional governments at the subnational level. In order to understand the complex relationships between these different levels government, this chapter familiarizes students with the key concepts to understand multilevel politics, such as the pooling and delegation of policy authority as well as federalism and decentralization.

Data Set Description for Chapter 4: The Eurobarometer

This chapter considers the changing nature of ideology and voter preferences in Europe. We often think of voters and parties residing along a single ideological left-right continuum. This chapter discusses the origins and changing nature of left-right ideology and the emergence of new salient issues, such as immigration, the environment and European integration. We also discuss how populism is challenging the traditional left-right structure of politics by focusing instead on the division between the people and elites.

Exercise for Chapter 4

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Data Set Description for Chapter 5: The European Election Study

This chapter addresses the question of how citizens vote in elections across Europe. Elections are the cornerstone of democracy as they allow citizens to shape collective decision-making in their favor. The chapter discusses why it is so difficult to explain why people vote in the first place. We also discuss the inequality in turnout between citizens. We then turn to differ- ent explanations of vote choice. We first introduce the proximity model of voting which assumes that voters and political parties can be aligned on one ideological dimension, and voters will vote for the party that most closely resembles their own ideological position. Subsequently, we add complica- tions to this model by highlighting the role of retrospective performance evaluations and affective attachments to social groups and political par- ties. We also discuss how the institutional context may influence voters’ decision-making.

Exercise for Chapter 5

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