Thailand rises in democracy ranking while other Asian nations stagnate or fall down the list


Thailand’s ranking on a democracy index has improved more than any other country in the world over the past year, even as other Asian nations have seen their scores fall.

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked Australia 15th in the world, down six places from the previous year, behind New Zealand and several European countries.

The rankings are based on the EIU’s analysis of five key areas, including electoral processes, the functioning of government, political participation, political culture and civil liberties in 165 countries.

Australia lost some ground in measures of political culture and civil liberties, compared to the 2021 rankings.

Thailand recorded the largest overall score improvement in the world in 2022, rising from 72nd to 55th in the global ranking.

The EIU attributed the dramatic improvement to more space for the country’s opposition parties, greater political participation and a reduced threat from secessionist movements.

However, Thailand still had a way to go to improve democracy, the EIU said, because the government was in command of its security apparatus and judiciary.


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