Is democracy in a worldwide decline? We measured it. Here's what we found.

Illustration by Joshua Sowah | International IDEA

Illustration by Joshua Sowah | International IDEA

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What is the state of democracy around the world?

Many observers have been sounding alarms about a global wave of populism that has surged through Europe and the Americas. Others worry about recent erosion of democratic safeguards in particular countries like Poland, Hungary and Venezuela. Headlines announce crises in corruption, migration, conflict, security and elections. But is democracy really on its last legs?

Read the full article published in The Washington Post's Monkey Cage.

About the Author

FORMER Former Senior Programme Officer
Mélida Jiménez

Mélida Jiménez's work focused on democracy assessments and measurements. Her most recent work included the development of The Global State of Democracy Indices, a quantitative democracy measurement which was launched in November 2017.