Autocratic Regime Data Set

This is a collaborative project with Barbara Geddes and Joseph Wright to gather data on dictatorships, supported by the National Science Foundation. It includes data on regime start/failure dates, failure event variables, and regime type for over 200 autocratic regimes in 122 countries from 1946 to 2010.

The Autocratic Regime Data Set can be found at: It is the winner of the 2015 Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Data Set Award.

How Dictatorships Work data

Data used in the book, How Dictatorships Work (with Barbara Geddes and Joseph Wright), can be found at: These data build on the Autocratic Regime Data Set to include time-varying characteristics of autocratic regimes. Our measure of personalism can be found at this site as well.

Smarter Authoritarianism Data Set

This is a collaborative project with Lee Morgenbesser to gather data on "smart" authoritarianism. It includes data on institutional configurations, repression tactics, and information tools for 15 autocratic regimes in 10 Southeast Asian countries from 1974 to 2014. Please contact me if you'd like access to the data set.