The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Index of Democracy 2008
Costa Rica is second in Latin America with an index of 27. Panama is at 43, El Salvador 67, Honduras 74, Nicaragua 78, Guatemala 79.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The results of the Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index 2008 confirm that, following a decades-long global trend in democratisation, the spread of democracy has come to a halt. Comparing the results for 2008 with those from the first edition of the index, which covered 2006, shows that the dominant pattern in the past two years has been stagnation. Although there is no recent trend of outright regression, there are few instances of significant improvement. However, the global financial crisis, resulting in a sharp and possibly protracted recession, could threaten democracy in some parts of the world.
Costa Rica is first in Latin America with an index of 10.00. Panama is at 6.50, Honduras 4.20, El Salvador 4.18, Nicaragua 3.86, Guatemala 3.44.
The choice of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States is another clear example of how the deterioration of liberal democracies enlightens the way for the emergence of authoritarian leaders.
A recipe that mixes statistical data, reasoned argumentation and good intentions, ends in an absurd list of more or less pacific countries.
Out of all the countries on the isthmus, only Panama’s Human Development Index follows the upward trend set by Latin America and the Caribbean.
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