Graphic Monday: Democratization in Africa

For this brief edition of graphic Monday, I provide a map comparing Polity IV and Freedom House classification of regimes in Africa.  This particular graphic was constructed using the Natural Earth Data layer.  It was initially used in a guest lecture in an undergraduate African Politics course here at UF.

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The results are quite divergent, so I thought I would share.  Some particularly interesting cases are D.R. Congo, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Zambia.  It seems that PolityIV is much more liberal about assigning countries to the “hybrid” regime category.  In contrast, Freedom House places many of these same regimes in the authoritarian classification. These results further demonstrate that the measure you choose can often affect the results you get.

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