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Democracy Tracker

Qualitative, monthly updates on events that impact democracy at the country level.

Global State of Democracy Indices

Attributes, subattributes and data behind the annual GSoD report.

Global State of Democracy Reports

Our flagship publication, providing a data-driven global and regional analysis of how democracy has fared over the last year, supplemented by actionable policy recommendations.

Democracy Notes Blog

Read our team’s takes on the latest democracy-related developments around the world

From the Democracy Tracker

In a historic first, former President Donald Trump was indicted on 1st August on federal charges related to efforts to overturn the 2020 elections. This is the third criminal indictment he faces.

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International IDEA’s Democracy Assessment team produces the work that makes up the Global State of Democracy (GSoD) Initiative. The Initiative’s primary knowledge products are the annual Global State of Democracy (GSoD) Report, Democracy Tracker and the Global State of Democracy (GSoD) Indices. The Initiative also includes regional partnership networks and research and advocacy related to Sustainable Development Goal 16.

The annual Global State of Democracy Report provides an overview of the global and regional trends related to democracy and human rights, along with policy recommendations to support and extend democratic values and around the world. 

Democracy Tracker provides monthly, qualitative data on key events with the potential to impact the state of democracy and human rights in 173 countries. The tool highlights how each event affects specific aspects of democracy and provides users with context-based analysis. Each event report indicates a positive, static, or negative development with regard to democratic performance. Past updates are available as a searchable and downloadable archive.

The Global State of Democracy Indices (GSoD Indices) measure performance across a broad range of indicators of democracy, covering 173 countries from 1975–2022. The GSoD Indices are built on a theoretical framework that organizes specific aspects of democratic performance into four categories: Representation, Rights, Rule of Law, and Participation. 


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Seema Shah
Head of Democracy Assessment
Alexander Hudson
Senior Adviser, Democracy Assessment
Atsuko Hirakawa
Programme Officer, Democracy Tracker Coordinator
Gentiana Gola
Adviser, Democracy Assessment
Maria Angeles Morales González
Adviser, Democracy Assessment
Michael Runey
Adviser, Democracy Assessment
Emily Bloom
Associate Programme Officer, Democracy Assessment
Emma Kenny
Associate Programme Officer, Democracy Assessment
Maria Santillana
Associate Programme Officer, Democracy Assessment
David Towriss
Associate Programme Officer, Democracy Assessment
Naomi Malaki
Naomi Malaki
Senior Finance and Administrative Officer, Democracy Assessment

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