Summary of Democracy Index 2015

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Each year, the Economist Intelligence Unit undertakes a comprehensive study of the state of democracy worldwide, and the 2015 edition uncovers both troubling signs and hopeful promise. Cracks have appeared in the democratic facade of many nations, as economic woes, war, massive refugee migrations and terrorism threaten freedom. But some countries have made progress in advancing democratic practices. getAbstract recommends this enlightening report to anyone with an interest in the state of the world’s democracies.

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In 2015, many individuals and societies faced real or perceived economic, political, social or security threats, which tend to erode the strength of democracy. Democratic states must value freedom, equality, open-mindedness, rationality and free speech. In addition, these nations need institutions and a political culture that foster democracy. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index 2015 accounts for these factors in a ranking of 165 countries and two territories by five broad categories: “electoral process and pluralism, civil liberties, the functioning of government, political participation, and political ...

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