Inequality and repression undermine democracy and market economy worldwide (BTI Transformational Index)

Restricted freedom of expression, a gagged press or disempowered constitutional courts – as a rule, these are characteristics of autocracies. But our latest Transformation Index shows that the rule of law and political freedoms are also being eroded in an increasing number of democracies. The effects of the corona pandemic threaten to intensify these developments.

The latest BTI Transformation Index shows that the rule of law and political freedoms are being eroded in an increasing number of democracies. The number of people who are governed poorly and less democratically is increasing worldwide. For the sixth time in a row, the ratings of the international Transformation Index (BTI) for the quality of democracy, market economy and governance have dropped, now to their lowest level since the BTI survey began.

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The BTI Transformation Index is the result of the collaboration of nearly 300 country and regional experts from leading universities and think tanks worldwide. The project analyzes and compares transformation processes towards democracy and inclusive market economy worldwide. Read more about the BTI Index (external link).