By Houda Mzioudet | Dec 29 2011Asia , authoritarian regimes , civic liberties , democracy , Developed world ,
For the first time Tunisia is ranked among “hybrid regimes,” with a score of 5.53Â (10 being a perfect democracy). In 2010,Â Tunisia scored 2.79. The Economist Intelligence Unit isÂ an analytical modelÂ used byÂ the British magazine, “The Economist.”
The World Democracy Index measures democracy levels based on an examination by experts and theÂ results of opinion polls conducted within the countries featured in the survey. The index is based on five key indicators of “democracy”: electoral processes and pluralism, political participation, function of theÂ government, political culture, and civic liberties.
Researchers analyzed 167 countries and devised four types of regimes: full democracies, flawed democracies, hybrid regimes, and authoritarian regimes. Almost half of world’s countries are considered to be democracies -Â with 25 full democracies. Tunisia ranks among 37 countries with hybrid regimes.
Developed countries dominate the fully democratic category. Two Latin American countries, an Eastern European country, two Asian countries (South Korea and Japan) and an African country (Mauritius) are among those countries considered to be “full democracies.”
Approximately 2.6 billion people still live under authoritarian regimes, nearly half of whom live in China.
Source: Le Quotidien