Democracy Ranking 2012: New Results
VIENNA, December 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
The Democracy Ranking measures annually the quality of democracy in global comparison
by referring to a broader conceptual understanding of democracy:
The Democracy Ranking 2012 compares 104 countries (democracies and semi-democracies)
over the years 2007-2008 and 2010-2011 (using 42 indicators and scales ranging from
1-100). Quality of democracy has progressed worldwide, on average 0.7 score points per
The top 10 countries in 2010-2011 are: Norway (88.5), Sweden (86.9), Finland (86.3),
Switzerland (85.4), Denmark (84.1), Netherlands (83.0), New Zealand (82.7), Germany
(81.6), Ireland (81.0), and Austria (80.6). The Nordic countries and Switzerland rank top
in world comparison.
The United States dropped from ranking position 14 to 15, but improved in scores from
78.3 to 78.5, with gains in politics, environment, health, and knowledge, but losses in
economy and gender.
South America realized levels of quality of democracy comparable to Eastern-Central
and Southern Europe.
The highest relative democracy progress (Democracy Improvement Ranking) was achieved
in: Tunisia (+8.1), Bangladesh (+6.3), Libya (+4.1), Zambia (+3.6), Pakistan (+3.6). Of
the “Arab Spring” countries, prospects for democracy are the best in Tunisia. Bangladesh
represents another Muslim-majority country with gains in democracy.
Democracy suffered the most severe declines in: Hungary (-2.5), Bahrain (-2.5),
Honduras (-2.3), Latvia (-2.2), Ukraine (-1.7), Sri Lanka (-1.7), Italy (-1.7), Greece
(-1.7), Mexico (-1.3), and Guinea-Bissau (-1.2). Hungary and Italy lost also in the
political dimension. Losses in quality of democracy are concentrated on countries in
Central America and in Europe.
Europe is challenged by centrifugal tendencies, with improvements as well as declines
in quality of democracy.
Earlier results of the previous Democracy Ranking 2011 are published in: Campbell,
David F. J. et al. (2012). Democracy Ranking (Edition 2012). Vienna (Democracy Ranking):
Contact: Dr. Christa Polzlbauer (Executive Director): email@example.com Dr. David Campbell (Academic Director): firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +43-676-72-15-290 / +43-1-319-56-79
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