22 December, 2010

2010 Democracy Index - 71 Malaysia: Flawed democracy, 82 Singapore: Hybrid regime

Norwegians have the privilege of enjoying the most democratic government on the planet, a new report has found.

Now in its third edition, the Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index 2010 aims to provide a snapshot of the state of democracy for 165 countries and two territories based on electoral process, political culture and civil liberties. The poll groups nations into four types of regimes: full democracies, flawed democracies, hybrid regimes and authoritarian regimes.

Norway came in at #1 as a "full democracy," while the U.S. is ranked at #17, just ahead of the U.K. (#19) to come in on the lower end of the "full democracy" spectrum. Designated as a "flawed democracy," France follows at #31, while Belarus, Qatar and North Korea are positioned toward the bottom of the poll as "authoritarian regimes."

The report also pinpoints what is described as a "democratic recession," with only 12.3% of the world's citizens enjoying access to a "full democracy," an overall decline reportedly sparred by political malaise in light of the global economic crisis.

Malaysia is ranked 71th in the world, and classified as a ‘Flawed democracy’

Singapore is ranked a pathetic 82th in the world, the same rank it attained two years ago and remains classified as a ‘hybrid regime’ among the likes of Russia, Pakistan and Cambodia.

The Democracy Index is an index compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit examining the state of democracy in 167 countries, attempting to quantify this with an Economist Intelligence Unit Index of Democracy which focused on five general categories: electoral process and pluralism, civil liberties, functioning of government, political participation and political culture.

The countries are categorized into “Full Democracies”, “Flawed Democracies”, “Hybrid Regimes” (all considered democracies), and “Authoritarian Regimes” (considered dictatorial).

The Democracy Index 2010

1 Norway 9.8 Full democracy
2 Iceland 9.65 Full democracy
3 Denmark 9.52 Full democracy
4 Sweden 9.5 Full democracy
5 New Zealand 9.26 Full democracy
6 Australia 9.22 Full democracy
7 Finland 9.19 Full democracy
8 Switzerland 9.09 Full democracy
9 Canada 9.08 Full democracy
10 Netherlands 8.99 Full democracy
11 Luxembourg 8.88 Full democracy
12 Ireland 8.79 Full democracy
13 Austria 8.49 Full democracy
14 Germany 8.38 Full democracy
15 Malta 8.28 Full democracy
16 Czech Republic 8.19 Full democracy
17 United States 8.18 Full democracy
18 Spain 8.16 Full democracy
19 United Kingdom 8.16 Full democracy
20 South Korea 8.11 Full democracy
21 Uruguay 8.1 Full democracy
22 Japan 8.08 Full democracy
23 Belgium 8.05 Full democracy
24 Mauritius 8.04 Full democracy
24 Costa Rica 8.04 Full democracy
26 Portugal 8.02 Full democracy
27 Cape Verde 7.94 Flawed democracy
28 Greece 7.92 Flawed democracy
29 Italy 7.83 Flawed democracy
30 South Africa 7.79 Flawed democracy
31 France 7.77 Flawed democracy
32 Slovenia 7.69 Flawed democracy
33 Estonia 7.68 Flawed democracy
34 Chile 7.67 Flawed democracy
35 Botswana 7.63 Flawed democracy
36 Republic of China (Taiwan) 7.52 Flawed democracy
37 Israel 7.48 Flawed democracy
38 Slovakia 7.35 Flawed democracy
39 Cyprus 7.29 Flawed democracy
40 India 7.28 Flawed democracy
41 Lithuania 7.24 Flawed democracy
42 Timor-Leste 7.22 Flawed democracy
43 Hungary 7.21 Flawed democracy
43 Jamaica 7.21 Flawed democracy
45 Trinidad and Tobago 7.16 Flawed democracy
46 Panama 7.15 Flawed democracy
47 Brazil 7.12 Flawed democracy
48 Poland 7.05 Flawed democracy
48 Latvia 7.05 Flawed democracy
50 Mexico 6.93 Flawed democracy
51 Argentina 6.84 Flawed democracy
51 Bulgaria 6.84 Flawed democracy
53 Croatia 6.81 Flawed democracy
54 Suriname 6.65 Flawed democracy
55 Sri Lanka 6.64 Flawed democracy
56 Romania 6.6 Flawed democracy
57 Colombia 6.55 Flawed democracy
57 Thailand 6.55 Flawed democracy
59 Papua New Guinea 6.54 Flawed democracy
60 Indonesia 6.53 Flawed democracy
61 El Salvador 6.47 Flawed democracy
62 Paraguay 6.4 Flawed democracy
62 Peru 6.4 Flawed democracy
64 Mongolia 6.36 Flawed democracy
65 Serbia 6.33 Flawed democracy
65 Moldova 6.33 Flawed democracy
67 Ukraine 6.3 Flawed democracy
68 Montenegro 6.27 Flawed democracy
69 Namibia 6.23 Flawed democracy
70 Dominican Republic 6.2 Flawed democracy
71 Malaysia 6.19 Flawed democracy
72 Benin 6.17 Flawed democracy
73 Macedonia 6.16 Flawed democracy
74 Philippines 6.12 Flawed democracy
75 Guyana 6.05 Flawed democracy
75 Guatemala 6.05 Flawed democracy
77 Lesotho 6.02 Flawed democracy
77 Ghana 6.02 Flawed democracy
79 Mali 6.01 Flawed democracy
80 Hong Kong 5.92 Hybrid regime
80 Bolivia 5.92 Hybrid regime
82 Singapore 5.89 Hybrid regime
83 Bangladesh 5.87 Hybrid regime
84 Albania 5.86 Hybrid regime
85 Malawi 5.84 Hybrid regime
86 Lebanon 5.82 Hybrid regime
87 Ecuador 5.77 Hybrid regime
88 Honduras 5.76 Hybrid regime
89 Turkey 5.73 Hybrid regime
89 Nicaragua 5.73 Hybrid regime
91 Zambia 5.68 Hybrid regime
92 Tanzania 5.64 Hybrid regime
93 Palestine 5.44 Hybrid regime
94 Bosnia and Herzegovina 5.32 Hybrid regime
95 Senegal 5.27 Hybrid regime
96 Venezuela 5.18 Hybrid regime
97 Liberia 5.07 Hybrid regime
98 Uganda 5.05 Hybrid regime
99 Mozambique 4.9 Hybrid regime
100 Cambodia 4.87 Hybrid regime
101 Kenya 4.71 Hybrid regime
102 Bhutan 4.68 Hybrid regime
103 Georgia 4.59 Hybrid regime
104 Pakistan 4.55 Hybrid regime
105 Sierra Leone 4.51 Hybrid regime
106 Kyrgyzstan 4.31 Hybrid regime
107 Russia 4.26 Hybrid regime
108 Nepal 4.24 Hybrid regime
109 Armenia 4.09 Hybrid regime
110 Burundi 4.01 Hybrid regime
111 Haiti 4 Hybrid regime
111 Iraq 4 Hybrid regime
113 Madagascar 3.94 Authoritarian regime
114 Kuwait 3.88 Authoritarian regime
115 Mauritania 3.86 Authoritarian regime
116 Morocco 3.79 Authoritarian regime
117 Jordan 3.74 Authoritarian regime
118 Ethiopia 3.68 Authoritarian regime
119 Fiji 3.62 Authoritarian regime
120 Burkina Faso 3.59 Authoritarian regime
121 Cuba 3.52 Authoritarian regime
122 Bahrain 3.49 Authoritarian regime
123 Nigeria 3.47 Authoritarian regime
124 Togo 3.45 Authoritarian regime
125 Algeria 3.44 Authoritarian regime
126 Cameroon 3.41 Authoritarian regime
126 Comoros 3.41 Authoritarian regime
128 Niger 3.38 Authoritarian regime
128 Gambia 3.38 Authoritarian regime
130 Belarus 3.34 Authoritarian regime
131 Angola 3.32 Authoritarian regime
132 Kazakhstan 3.3 Authoritarian regime
133 Gabon 3.29 Authoritarian regime
134 Rwanda 3.25 Authoritarian regime
135 Azerbaijan 3.15 Authoritarian regime
136 People’s Republic of China 3.14 Authoritarian regime
137 Qatar 3.09 Authoritarian regime
138 Egypt 3.07 Authoritarian regime
139 Côte d’Ivoire 3.02 Authoritarian regime
140 Vietnam 2.94 Authoritarian regime
141 Swaziland 2.9 Authoritarian regime
142 Republic of the Congo 2.89 Authoritarian regime
143 Oman 2.86 Authoritarian regime
144 Guinea 2.79 Authoritarian regime
144 Tunisia 2.79 Authoritarian regime
146 Zimbabwe 2.64 Authoritarian regime
146 Yemen 2.64 Authoritarian regime
148 United Arab Emirates 2.52 Authoritarian regime
149 Tajikistan 2.51 Authoritarian regime
150 Afghanistan 2.48 Authoritarian regime
151 Sudan 2.42 Authoritarian regime
152 Eritrea 2.31 Authoritarian regime
152 Syria 2.31 Authoritarian regime
154 Djibouti 2.2 Authoritarian regime
155 Democratic Republic of the Congo 2.15 Authoritarian regime
156 Laos 2.1 Authoritarian regime
157 Guinea-Bissau 1.99 Authoritarian regime
158 Libya 1.94 Authoritarian regime
158 Iran 1.94 Authoritarian regime
160 Equatorial Guinea 1.84 Authoritarian regime
160 Saudi Arabia 1.84 Authoritarian regime
162 Central African Republic 1.82 Authoritarian regime
163 Burma 1.77 Authoritarian regime
164 Uzbekistan 1.74 Authoritarian regime
165 Turkmenistan 1.72 Authoritarian regime
166 Chad 1.52 Authoritarian regime
167 North Korea 1.08 Authoritarian regime


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