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.
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 Konrad Adenauer Foundation presented the seventh annual report of the Democratic Development Index for Latin America -2008.
As in previous years, the exciting challenge of observing, monitoring and evaluating the behavior of Governments and societies in the region regarding the democratic development dimensions once again presents a region that far from showing a group of countries in a coherent and convergent march towards development, instead reflecting a complex and assorted variety of situations.
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