Vello Pettai

Professor of Comparative Politics  at the University of Tartu and Director  of the V-Dem Regional Center for  Eastern Europe and Russia.

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Articles by Vello Pettai

  1. Measuring academic freedom in a regional and global perspective

    Democratic backsliding has been an abiding and pervasive concern across the post-communist region for almost a decade. Data from the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) dataset corroborate this phenomenon and show that one of the contributors to this decline is a narrowing of freedom for academic and cultural expression.While not being the sole driver of this recent backsliding trend, the opportunity for open academic and cultural exchange does remain an important principle of basic electoral democracy.

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