February 28, 2023

Mauritius classified as a “Full Democracy”

In the latest edition of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index 2022 (DI 2022), published in January 2023, Mauritius was ranked among the top 24 countries out of 165 independent states, and is considered as “Full Democracy”.  It is also the only country in Africa to be classified as such.


The DI 2022 provides a snapshot of the state of democracy worldwide in 165 independent states and two territories, covering almost the entire population of the world and most of the world’s states.


The DI is based on five categories: electoral process and pluralism, functioning of government, political participation, political culture, and civil liberties. Based on its scores on a range of indicators within these categories, each country is then classified as one of four types of regimes: “full democracy”, “flawed democracy”, “hybrid regime” or “authoritarian regime”.   Interestingly, the number of ‘full democracies’ increased to 24 in 2022 (2021: 21).


The number of ‘flawed democracies’ fell to 48 in 2022 (2021: 53). Out of the remaining 95 countries represented in the index, 59 are “authoritarian regimes”, the same as in 2021, and 36 are classified as “hybrid regimes”, up from 34 the previous year.


You may download the full DI 2022 report from the Economist Intelligence website by clicking Here