Welcome to The Cline Center for Democracy

The Richard G. and Carole J. Cline Center for Democracy is dedicated to enhancing the capacity of politics to advance societal well-being. Its research mission is globally oriented and committed to the use of advanced technologies and interdisciplinary teams to advance knowledge. The Center also organizes symposia and conferences on relevant topics, conducts a research practicum for advanced undergraduates, and facilitates a civic leadership program for accomplished students with demonstrated leadership potential.

News and Announcements for Cline Center


Prof. Scott Althaus awarded 2014 NCSA Faculty Fellowship for News Observatory project

Mon, 28 Jul 2014

Professor Scott Althaus, Associate Director of the Cline Center, has been awarded a 2014 NCSA Faculty Fellowship for his proposal, “Building a Non-Consumptive Global News Observatory for Data Science Research.” This proposal is connected to the Cline Center's wider goal of becoming the leading text-mining center in the social sciences.

CREG Project Data Now Available

Tue, 29 Apr 2014

Religious and ethnic group population data from the "The Composition of Religious and Ethnic Groups (CREG) Project" is now available. (Link)

Revised SPEED Data Now Available

Thu, 27 Feb 2014

New event data from the Social, Political and Economic Event Database Project (SPEED) is now available. This release of the data is different from previous versions in that event data for the United States is included.  In addition, a new weighting variable has been added (ctry_bias) that should be used in making cross-country analysis in order to address the New York Times' country-bias.

  • To download the new event data please click (here).  
  • To learn more about how and why country-bias weights are constructed please click (here)
  • To learn more about the SPEED project in general please click (here)

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