Global Decline in Democracy: Think Tank



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Freedom House


Freedom House, the US-based think-tank and researcher of global democracy and freedom trends, finds in its annual survey that democracy's performance and status continued to fall sharply across the world in 2014.

The survey results are based on two key performance indicators of democratic systems—political rights and civil liberties.

The report found: 'acceptance of democracy as the world’s dominant form of government—and of an international system built on democratic ideals—is under greater threat than at any point in the last 25 years'.

'The report’s findings show that nearly twice as many countries suffered declines as registered gains, 61 to 33, with the number of gains hitting its lowest point since the nine-year erosion (in democratic performance globally) began'.

A growing crack-down on personal freedoms and more open resistance to liberal democracy in Russia, China and Turkey as well as in some European democracies are cited as major reasons for the decline.

The report also highlights that 'in a new and disquieting development, a number of countries lost ground due to state surveillance, restrictions on internet communications, and curbs on personal autonomy'.


Thumbnail image: 'Democracy = Liberty of expression'. Source: Celine Marsolais/Flickr.

Published Date
February 1, 2015