Welcome

You've reached Dan Pemstein's web site. I'm an assistant professor of political science at North Dakota State University. I specialize in comparative legislative studies, political economy, and methodology. One thread of my research examines how career ambition, party organization, and inter-institutional bargaining constraints interact to determine legislative behavior and policy outcomes in the European Union. My other ongoing projects focus on digital political economics and explore questions of measurement in both legislative and comparative politics. I also dabble at the intersection of behavioral economics and cognitive psychology.

I am involved in a number of software and data projects. In particular, I am a co-author of the Scythe Statistical Library, an open source C++ library for statistical computation, and a co-developer of the Unified Democracy Scores, a set of measures that leverage the efforts of a variety of experts to provide a composite scale of democracy, accompanied by estimates of measurement uncertainty. I also serve as project manager for measurement methods for the Varieties of Democracy project.

My research has been funded by a variety of sources including the National Science Foundation, Google, the European Union Center at the University of Illinois, and—through a subcontract from the University of Gothenburg—the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

Research

You can find my publications, selected working papers, and some data below. Take a look at my CV or google scholar profile if you want detail.

Publications

Selected Working Papers

Data

  • Unified Democracy Scores

    A set of measures that leverage the efforts of a variety of experts to provide a composite scale of democracy, accompanied by estimates of measurement uncertainty. The scores are available for virtually every country in the world from 1946 through 2012.

  • Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem)

    V-Dem is a collaborative project, involving over 3,000 social scientists and policy practitioners worldwide, that seeks to measure hundreds of the regime characteristics that underpin democratic government, both cross-nationally and over time.

  • My Dataverse

Teaching

Computing