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Polity Data Series by Country 2024

The Polity data series is a political scoring system that measures a country's level of democracy. It's one of the most prominent methods for doing so, along with The Economist's Democracy Index and V-Dem Democracy indices. Ted Robert Gurr initiated the Polity study in the late 1960s, and it's currently conducted by one of Gurr's students, Monty G. Marshall. The Political Instability Task Force (PITE), funded by the Central Intelligence Agency (PITE), sponsored the Polity study until February 2020.

Analysis

Common criticisms of the Polity data series include its Americentrism, connections to the CIA and methodology. For example, it's more appropriate for examining the constraints on elite government leaders, rather than the expansion of suffrage, according to Seva Gunitsky, assistant professor at the University of Toronto. The paper "Conceptualizing and Measuring Democracy", published in 2002, also pointed out several problems with common democracy ranking systems like Polity, claiming they used overly narrow definitions of "democracy."

In addition, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), a progressive organization that critiques media, also criticized Polity for its methods of determining whether a political system is a democracy. Another criticism from this organization is its Americentrism, based on Polity showing that the US was the world's only democracy in 1842, with a score of 9. Polity also gave the US a 10 during the Jim Crow era. Polity provides no data for African and Asian countries prior to the 1960s, so it doesn't rank governments in those regions that were under European colonialism, according to FAIR.

  • Scores displayed sourced from the 2018 Polity IV report. Updated scores are anticipated for 2024.
  • Polity scores range from -10 to 10 and use the following scale:
  • +10 = Full Democracy
  • +9 to 6 = Democracy
  • +5 to 1 = Open Anocracy
  • 0 to -5 = Closed Anocracy
  • -6 to -10 = Autocracy
  • An Anocracy is defined as a government that is part democracy and part dictatorship/autocracy

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Country
Democracy Score
Autocracy Score
IV Regime Type
IV Score
Japan10Full Democracy10
Germany10Full Democracy10
Italy10Full Democracy10
Spain10Full Democracy10
Poland10Full Democracy10
Canada10Full Democracy10
Australia10Full Democracy10
Taiwan10Full Democracy10
Chile10Full Democracy10
Netherlands10Full Democracy10
Sweden10Full Democracy10
Greece10Full Democracy10
Portugal10Full Democracy10
Hungary10Full Democracy10
Austria10Full Democracy10
Switzerland10Full Democracy10
Denmark10Full Democracy10
Slovakia10Full Democracy10
Finland10Full Democracy10
Norway10Full Democracy10
New Zealand10Full Democracy10
Costa Rica10Full Democracy10
Ireland10Full Democracy10
Mongolia10Full Democracy10
Uruguay10Full Democracy10
Lithuania10Full Democracy10
Slovenia10Full Democracy10
Trinidad and Tobago10Full Democracy10
Mauritius10Full Democracy10
Cyprus10Full Democracy10
Luxembourg10Full Democracy10
Cape Verde10Full Democracy10
India9Democracy9
Indonesia9Democracy9
France9Democracy9
South Africa9Democracy9
Kenya9Democracy9
Argentina9Democracy9
Peru9Democracy9
Romania9Democracy9
Guatemala91Democracy8
Czech Republic9Democracy9
Serbia91Democracy8
Paraguay9Democracy9
Bulgaria9Democracy9
Panama9Democracy9
Croatia9Democracy9
Moldova9Democracy9
Albania9Democracy9
Jamaica9Democracy9
Lesotho91Democracy8
North Macedonia9Democracy9
Estonia9Democracy9
Solomon Islands91Democracy8
Montenegro9Democracy9
United States8Democracy8
Nigeria81Democracy7
Brazil8Democracy8
Mexico8Democracy8
Philippines8Democracy8
United Kingdom8Democracy8
Myanmar8Democracy8
South Korea8Democracy8
Ghana8Democracy8
Nepal81Democracy7
Belgium8Democracy8
Dominican Republic81Democracy7
Sierra Leone81Democracy7
Kyrgyzstan8Democracy8
El Salvador8Democracy8
Liberia81Democracy7
Georgia81Democracy7
Botswana8Democracy8
Latvia8Democracy8
Guyana81Democracy7
Pakistan7Democracy7
Colombia7Democracy7
Malaysia7Democracy7
Burkina Faso71Democracy6
Sri Lanka71Democracy6
Senegal7Democracy7
Benin7Democracy7
Bolivia7Democracy7
Tunisia7Democracy7
Honduras7Democracy7
Israel71Democracy6
Nicaragua71Democracy6
Central African Republic71Democracy6
Armenia7Democracy7
Bhutan7Democracy7
Iraq6Democracy6
Mozambique61Open Anocracy5
Madagascar6Democracy6
Niger61Open Anocracy5
Mali61Open Anocracy5
Malawi6Democracy6
Zambia6Democracy6
Ecuador61Open Anocracy5
Haiti61Open Anocracy5
Lebanon6Democracy6
Namibia6Democracy6
Suriname61Open Anocracy5
Russia51Open Anocracy4
Ukraine51Open Anocracy4
Ivory Coast51Open Anocracy4
Somalia5Open Anocracy5
Zimbabwe51Open Anocracy4
Papua New Guinea5Open Anocracy5
Tanzania41Open Anocracy3
Guinea4Open Anocracy4
Gambia4Open Anocracy4
Gabon41Open Anocracy3
Fiji4Open Anocracy4
Ethiopia32Open Anocracy1
Algeria31Open Anocracy2
Djibouti3Open Anocracy3
Angola24Closed Anocracy-2
Burundi23Closed Anocracy-1
Jordan25Closed Anocracy-3
Singapore24Closed Anocracy-2
DR Congo14Closed Anocracy-3
Uganda12Closed Anocracy-1
Afghanistan12Closed Anocracy-1
Morocco15Closed Anocracy-4
Venezuela14Closed Anocracy-3
Cameroon15Closed Anocracy-4
Chad13Closed Anocracy-2
Cuba16Closed Anocracy-5
Tajikistan14Closed Anocracy-3
Togo13Closed Anocracy-2
China7Autocracy-7
Bangladesh6Autocracy-6
Egypt4Closed Anocracy-4
Vietnam7Autocracy-7
Iran7Autocracy-7
Turkey4Closed Anocracy-4
Thailand3Closed Anocracy-3
Sudan4Closed Anocracy-4
Saudi Arabia10Autocracy-10
Uzbekistan9Autocracy-9
North Korea10Autocracy-10
Syria9Autocracy-9
Kazakhstan6Autocracy-6
Cambodia4Closed Anocracy-4
Rwanda3Closed Anocracy-3
Azerbaijan7Autocracy-7
United Arab Emirates8Autocracy-8
Belarus7Autocracy-7
Laos7Autocracy-7
Turkmenistan8Autocracy-8
Republic of the Congo4Closed Anocracy-4
Mauritania2Closed Anocracy-2
Oman8Autocracy-8
Kuwait7Autocracy-7
Eritrea7Autocracy-7
Qatar10Autocracy-10
Equatorial Guinea6Autocracy-6
Bahrain10Autocracy-10
Eswatini9Autocracy-9
Comoros3Closed Anocracy-3
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Which country has the highest polity data index?

Several countries have the highest polity data rating of 10.0, which indicates a fully democratic nation. Some places with this rating include France, Canada, Australia, Poland, and Taiwan.

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