Democracy Index 2012

"Slightly less than one-half of the world’s population lives in a democracy of some sort, although only 11% reside in full democracies. Some 2.6bn people, more than one-third of the world’s population, still lives under authoritarian rule (with a large share being, of course, in China).

Although almost one-half of the world’s countries can be considered to be democracies, in EIU's index the number of “full democracies” is low, at only 25 countries; 54 countries are rated as “flawed democracies”. Of the remaining 88 countries in EIU's index, 51 are authoritarian and 37 are considered to be “hybrid regimes”.

As could be expected, the developed OECD countries dominate among full democracies, although there are two Latin American countries, one east European country and one African country, which suggests that the level of development is not a binding constraint. Only two Asian countries are represented: Japan and South Korea." Economist Intelegence Unit, Democracy Index 2012.

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