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2008 Democracy Index Published – Implications for INGOs by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
August 3, 2009, 12:01 pm
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Results from the second edition of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index, first published in 2006, confirm that the decades-long global trend in democratization has slowed considerably. Comparing the results for 2008 with those from 2006 shows that the dominant pattern in the past two years has been stagnation with few instances of significant improvement. The analysis also warns that the global financial crisis could threaten democracy in some parts of the world.

The Democracy Index provides a snapshot of the current state of democracy worldwide every two years in September for 165 independent states and two territories. It is based on five categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture. Countries are placed within one of four types of regimes: full democracies; flawed democracies; hybrid regimes; and authoritarian regimes.  Since the index tracks different variables than the UNDP Human Development Index, it is a useful tool for comparing governance and development factors when planning programming and anticipating issues that will impact future programs.  http://graphics.eiu.com/PDF/Democracy%20Index%202008.pdf

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