Highlights of Global Democracy Index 2019

Highlights of Global Democracy Index 2019
  • The Global Democracy Index 2019 is an index compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The index ranks 167 countries on 60 indicators across five broad categories. These categories are- the functioning of government, electoral process and pluralism, political participation, civil liberties and democratic political culture.
  • Other than this, the index also classifies the countries in four different regimes namely- Full democracies, Flawed democracies, Hybrid regimes and Authoritarian regimes.

Global Findings-

  • The Global Democracy Index 2019 found that only 4.5% of the world’s population lives in a full democracy.
  • For the first time in three years, the overall global score has remained stable in the year 2018.
  • The report has also highlights that 42 countries have experienced a decline in their index scores as compared with 89 in 2017 while 48 countries have improved their score.
  • The Index has been topped by Norway. It is followed by Iceland and Sweden.
  • The entire Asia-Pacific region has only Australia and New Zealand as “full democracies”.
  • The US has been ranked 25th in the index.
  • The index further highlighted that 8 countries- Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, Algeria, Timor-Leste, Ethiopia, North Korea, Laos and Sri Lanka which have the word “democratic" in full as title were not fully democratic.
  • North Korea has been placed last i.e. on 167th rank in the index.

Top 10 Countries-

  1. Norway
  2. Iceland
  3. Sweden
  4. New Zealand
  5. Denmark
  6. Canada
  7. Ireland
  8. Finland
  9. Australia
  10. Switzerland

India’s Performance-

  • India has been ranked 41st in the Global Democracy index 2019 with a score of 7.23.
  • India has been termed as “Flawed Democracy” in the index. The index has always classified India as Flawed Democracy since the beginning i.e. 2006.
  • A Flawed Democracy is a country where elections are fair and free. Other than this, basic civil liberties are also honored in such countries but these countries have some issues like media freedom infringement.
  • India has performed worst in political culture, out of all the five parameters.

Quick Facts

  • The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) is the research and analysis division of a British multinational media company "The Economist Group".
  • EIU is headquartered in London, UK.
  • The EIU is the world leader in global business intelligence and produce high quality research and data.
  • First Global Democracy Index was released in the year 2006.

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