“India’s democracy score has dropped significantly in recent years”
China is classified as an “authoritarian regime” in the Democracy Index. It has a total score of 2.21 (on a scale of 0 to 10), up from 2.97 in 2006 when the index started, and sits at 148th (out of 167), near the bottom of the global rankings.
The country has a score of 0.00 for the electoral process and pluralism, one of the five categories through which our model measures the quality of democracy in each country. China renounces electoral democracy: it does not have free elections, universal suffrage or a multi-party system. It has a civil liberties score of 0.88: there is no free print, broadcast or social media, no freedom of speech and there are restrictions on the internet.
There are no free trade unions, no independent judiciary and no substantive equality before the law. The state does not practice religious tolerance and regularly uses torture.
The EIU’s Democracy Index report provides an overview of the state of global democracy, including a detailed analysis of the situation in Asia, which remains the fourth-ranked region in the index, after the North America, Western Europe and Latin America.
The Asia and Australasia region includes New Zealand (9.37), which rises to 2nd place in the world ranking (out of 167 countries), with four other “full democracies”: Taiwan (8th), Australia (9th), Korea South (16th) and Japan (17th).
However, the region also includes some of the worst performing countries in the world, with Afghanistan and Myanmar joining persistently lagging North Korea to take the bottom three spots in the rankings in 2021.