February 29, 2024

Mauritius maintains “Full Democracy” status

In the latest edition of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index 2023 (DI 2023), published in January 2024, Mauritius was ranked 20th (2023: 21st worldwide) out of 167 independent states and territories, and is considered as “Full Democracy”.  It remains the only country in Africa to be classified as such.


According to the DI 2023, the number of “full democracies” remained static at 24, compared to 2022, however the number of “flawed democracies” increased to 50 (2022: 48).  Of the remaining 95 countries in the DI 2023, 34 are classified as “hybrid regimes”, combining elements of formal democracy and authoritarianism, and 59 are classified as “authoritarian regimes”


This year’s report is titled “Age of Conflict” against a backdrop of wars breaking out around the globe while developed democracies struggle to contain political and social stability at home.


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”. 


You may download the full DI 2023 report from the Economist Intelligence website by clicking Here