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WORLDAUDIT BULLETIN 2ND JANUARY 2013
 

 

The State of World Democracy in January 2013

 
We present our fifteenth annual survey of democracy, where we review those 150 of the world’s nations with a minimum one million population, by the criteria of Human Rights, Political Rights, Freedom of the Media and [Absence of] Corruption. We are indebted to Freedom House and Transparency International for the use of their data, as we have been each year throughout the millennium.

Nations are shown in four divisions, determined by their Human Rights and Political Rights records. Within each of those divisions their ranking is the result of Media Freedom scores and those of Corruption - its absence or otherwise. We give league tables to measure each of these, and the final democratic score.

Methodology used is described in the sidebar notes of the Democracy table
 
Neither the US nor the UK make the top ten – although close. Only 37 nations in the world are democratic. Another 33 are heading in the right direction, slowly getting there, unless they turn back. More than half the world’s nations (80 in Div 4), don’t even come close. These are the least democratic and we look at who they are. There are few surprises in the world’s final ten –the world’s worst have been there for years.

As well as nation states we look at political/military/economic/ geographical groupings, via their current membership, so: OECD, EU, NATO, G8, ASEAN, APEC, THE AFRICAN UNION, THE ARAB LEAGUE, LATIN AMERICA.

This report is also published at our Geopolemics.com site which is open for reader comment.


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