World Democracy in January 2012
The new Year starts with our review of every nation (150),
with a minimum population of one million in terms of four criteria:
human rights, political rights, free speech
and public corruption.
Our methodology is explained whereby
we rank nations into four divisions.
Democracy is in trouble
The problem being that the USA considered by many, including
themselves, as the exemplar of democracy has since the turn of the
century behaved in disturbing ways. The unnecessary war against
Iraq, with perhaps a million civilians being killed in the chaos
that followed the fall of Saddam. The ‘G.W.Bush Doctrine’ stating
that the USA would attack any nation it regarded as hostile, without
UN sanction; the war in Afghanistan against the wrong enemy. Both
invaded nations are in a shambles as the military withdraws;
the plunging world economy due to a runaway Wall St. The fear is
that another war, this time with IRAN, seems imminent.
The world in 2012
Thirty Eight nations (our divisions 1 & 2) are fully democratic. The
five top nations Finland, Sweden, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway, have
held the top slots in a differing order since we commenced this
world democracy survey in 1997.
The full list reflects what many would
assume, but whilst Europe is the most democratic continent, every
other continent now has nations there.
Our 3d division of 33 countries, is not yet fully democratic, but
Well over half of all the nations of the
world, (79 in division 4), are by our above criteria, undemocratic -
ranging to deeply dictatorial.
North Korea unsurprisingly is bottom
of the 150 nations. It is significant that this overgoverned,
micro-managed nation is challenged for bottom place by Somalia, the
least governed, most chaotic state. So much for extremes.
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