As the number of people living in a democracy fell to less than 50%, the number of countries classified as an “authoritarian regime” increased in 2021. Meanwhile, western Europe recorded another drop and Spain was downgraded from a “full democracy” to “flawed democracy”.
A sharp year-on-year decline in the average global score was matched only once before, in 2010, following the global financial crash.
Released today, Democracy Index 2021 assesses the state of global democracy in the face of the challenge from China and the covid-19 pandemic. Alongside regional outlooks, the report contains the full global rankings table covering 165 independent states and two territories […]