- "According to the 2016 Democracy Index almost
one-half of the world's countries can be considered to be
democracies of some sort, but the number of "full
democracies" has declined from 20 in 2015 to 19 in 2016.
The US has been downgraded from a "full democracy" to a
"flawed democracy" because of a further erosion of trust
in government and elected officials there."
- "The history of democracy is not a slow steady
advance, in the view of political scientist Samuel P.
Huntington of Harvard University, but a succession of
waves that have advanced, receded, then rolled in and
crested again." This essay succinctly explains the
- Freedom in the World, Freedom House's flagship
publication, is the standard-setting comparative
assessment of global political rights and civil
liberties. Published annually since 1972, the survey
ratings and narrative reports on hundreds of countries
and related and disputed territories are used by
policymakers, the media, international corporations,
civic activists, and human rights defenders to monitor
trends in democracy and track improvements and setbacks
in freedom worldwide.
Center for Peace and Development
- "ICPD is supporting research conducted by MSS
Research (India) to identify the factors responsible for
the emergence of democratic governance in Western Europe
over the past five hundred years and to correlate the
development process in politics with parallel advances in
peace, economics, education, social organization and