Today’s map of the day touches on the thorny issue of…politics, though I’m not going to get into a political discussion; if you want to, please got the usual channels, i.e. YouTube comments section. This map from the Economist Intelligent Unit’s (EIU) Democracy Index is a simple, clear, but informative map (click here for full interactive version here).
This made minor headlines recently, as USA’s democracy rating, ‘the land of the free’, was downgraded to ‘flawed democracy’. For myself, I find the geographical and historical patterns of this just as interesting, for example, the post-colonial patterns of authoritarian and hybrid regimes, particularly in Central Asia (former USSR) and Africa. It is interesting to consider on an individual basis why some states have transitioned better (e.g. Botswana compared to other African states). Additionally, in a era of ‘fighting for democracy’, the ‘less democratic’ states which find favour in the ‘West’. The EIU has its own indicators, which, with the nature of political science, will have probably some level of subjectivity, but nonetheless provides a fascinating insight and indication of political freedoms around the world.
A simple but informative map, and managed to get through it all without mentioning Trump…Oh sh…
Credits: The Economist