Singapore Media Watch

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Singapore ranked 84th on The Economist's Democracy Index

The Economist(UK) ranks Singapore 84th among 167 countries in a new Democracy Index. The index was developed by The Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Singapore listed as hybrid regime (mixture of authoritarian and democratic elements) and ranks well below Finland(6), Malaysia(81) , Hong Kong(75), Taiwan(32), Indonesia(65) .

The index looks at 60 indicators across the five categories of electoral process and pluralism, civil liberties, the functioning of government, political participation, and political culture .

Overall, The Economist considers having free and fair competitive elections, and satisfying related aspects of political freedom as a basic requirement for its definition of Democracy.

Click here for the full report by The Economist.


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