Datasource: Our World in Data by Max Roser: here.

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Quality of democracy: Getting worse!

[ Coming soon: Democracy index trends ]

We must remind ourselves of Winston Churchill’s wise words: “No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

Recommended reading

Paul Collier’s books are just as disturbing as they are fact-based. See his Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places (2011) for more on how democracy can destabilize countries—especially countries on Level 1—rather than make them safer. More disturbing problems with democracy are discussed in Fareed Zakaria’s The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad.


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