The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Index of Democracy 2010

This is the third edition of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s democracy index. It reflects the
situation as of November 2010. The first edition, published in The Economist’s The World in 2007,
measured the state of democracy in September 2006 and the second edition covered the situation
towards the end of 2008. The index provides a snapshot of the state of democracy worldwide for
165 independent states and two territories—this covers almost the entire population of the world
and the vast majority of the world’s independent states (micro states are excluded).

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Index of Democracy 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
Authoritarian regimes

Full PDF of the report can be downloaded from the Economist Intelligence Unit but requires registering, otherwise you can see it here.

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