demcon: Interfacing with Popular Polity, Institutional, and Constitutional Datasets

An open-source toolkit developed by ISciences, LLC and the DANTE Project that is intended for learning, accessing, pre-processing, and visualizing popular political, institutional, and constitutional datasets. ‘demcon' aims to reduce barriers to entry in political science research by automating common acquisition and pre-processing procedures. This package particularly focuses on the V-Dem dataset (<>), and provides adaptations of methods presented in Fjelde, H., Knutsen, C. H. & Nygård, H. M. 2021, <doi:10.1093/isq/sqaa076>.

Version: 0.4.0
Depends: R (≥ 2.10)
Imports: countrycode, data.table, httr, rlang, stringr, utils
Suggests: cshapes, sf, states (≥ 0.3.0), knitr, ggplot2, rmarkdown, rnaturalearth, rnaturalearthdata, rgeos, kableExtra, lubridate, haven, readxl, ggrepel, png, testthat (≥ 3.0.0), vdiffr, compare, magrittr, devtools
Published: 2023-03-15
Author: Joshua Brinks [aut, cre]
Maintainer: Joshua Brinks <jbrinks at>
License: GPL (≥ 3)
NeedsCompilation: no
Materials: README NEWS
CRAN checks: demcon results


Reference manual: demcon.pdf
Vignettes: Country Coding Considerations for Dataset Harmonization and Applied Uses
Pre-Processing the Varieties of Democracy Dataset
A Brief Review of Constitutional Datasets
Calculating Executive Constraints Indices
A Brief Review of Democratic and Authoritarian Datasets


Package source: demcon_0.4.0.tar.gz
Windows binaries: r-devel:, r-release:, r-oldrel:
macOS binaries: r-release (arm64): demcon_0.4.0.tgz, r-oldrel (arm64): demcon_0.4.0.tgz, r-release (x86_64): demcon_0.4.0.tgz, r-oldrel (x86_64): demcon_0.4.0.tgz
Old sources: demcon archive


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