Democracy Index 2018

The Democracy Index is based on five categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture. Based on its scores on a range of indicators within these categories, each country is then itself classified as one of four types of regime: “full democracy”, “flawed democracy”, “hybrid regime” and “authoritarian regime”.

Democracy Index 2018
The Economist Intelligence Unit
CategoriesNo. of countries% of countries% of world population
Full democracies2012.04.5
Flawed democracies5532.943.2
Hybrid regimes3923.416.7
Authoritarian regimes5331.735.6

In 2018 it was the only one of 5 categories in the Democracy Index to register an improvement. At a global level, political participation has in fact been improving in the index throughout the past decade. In 2018 the improvement was enough to halt the slide in the Democracy Index, for the first time in three years.

Full democracies :

  1. Norway – 9.87 (Democracy Index)
  2. Iceland – 9.58
  3. Sweden – 9.39
  4. New Zealand – 9.26
  5. Denmark – 9.22
  6. Canada – 9.15
  7. Ireland – 9.15
  8. Finlan – 9.14
  9. Australia – 9.09
  10. Switzerland – 9.03
  11. Netherlands – 8.89
  12. Luxemburg – 8.81
  13. Germany – 8.68
  14. United Kingdom – 8.53
  15. Uruguay – 8.38
  16. Austria – 8.29
  17. Mautitius – 8.22
  18. Malta – 8.21
  19. Spain – 8.08
  20. Costa Rica – 8.07

Via eiu.com

Change in each country’s democracy index score from 2006 to 2018

Point change for each country from 2006 to 2018 based on the The Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index
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