31 August 2011

Report: Democracy Index 2010: Democracy in retreat

Report: Democracy Index 2010: Democracy in retreat

Published already in December 2010, but still worth a note, is the Economist Intelligence Unit's "Democracy Index 2010", titled "Democracy in retreat".

Excerpt: "The dominant pattern in all regions over the past two years has been backsliding on previously attained progress in democratisation. The global financial crisis that started in 2008 accentuated some existing negative trends in political development."

It's always interesting to see just how much more realistic reports of this kind are in their assessment of democratic failure than most academics are willing to be (i.e. France was here relegated from a "full democracy" to a "flawed democracy"). In academia, we observe a frequent urge to defend every last aspect of democracy, often at the expense of facts.

The full text is available at the link.

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