This is a collection of internationally comparative surveys of the quality of democracy as well as the enforcement of individual as well as social human rights.
A comprehensive collection of sourveys, data sources, and other indices evaluating “quality of democracy” and related topics is offered on the website of the project “Democracy Barometer“. It includes surveys on the following topics:
Democracy and Governance Measures (13 sources)
Human Rights and Individual Liberties (9 sources)
Elections and Direct Democracy (12 sources)
Transparency (4 sources )
Freedom of the Press and Media Systems (5 sources)
Bureaucracy and Role of Law (5 sources)
Comparative Data on Constitutions (2 sources)
International Surveys (11 sources)
Cross-Disciplinar and Comparative Datasets and Databanks (9 sources)
The European Consortium for Political Research Standing Group on Public Opinion and Voting Behaviour in a comparative perspective offers a Collection of hyperlinks to all the availlable National Election Studies on their website (20 sources in total).
The Democracy Barometer
The Democracy Barometer is a new instrument to measure the quality of established democracies based on a unprecedentedly broad variety of indicators. Explore the dataset and create your own graphs right on the website.
(Collaborating institutions: Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau / Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin / National Centre for Competence in Research Challanges to Democracy in the 21st Century / Schweizer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung)
Global Democracy Ranking
The Democracy Ranking applies the following conceptual formula: Quality of Democracy = (freedom & other characteristics of the political system) & (performance of the non-political dimensions). The non-political dimensions are: gender, economy, knowledge, health, and the environment.
Last update: 2016
Global State of Democracy Index
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)
The Global State of Democracy indices depict democratic trends at the country, regional and global levels across a broad range of different attributes of democracy from 1975–2015. The indices present data for 155 countries around the world and consist of 5 main democracy attributes and 16 subattribute scores per country per year.
Freedom House: Freedom in the World Survey Famous US-American survey measuring how “free” the countries of the world are based on a variety of indicators of civil and political freedoms.
The Economist Intelligence Unit Democracy Index
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index is based on five categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture. Based on their scores on 60 indicators within these categories, each country is then itself classified as one of four types of regime: full democracy; flawed democracy; hybrid regime; and authoritarian regime.
Human Development Index
The Human Development Index (HDI) is a summary measure of average achievement in key dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable and have a decent standard of living. It focuses on societies’ provision of “capabilities” to individuals.
Social Progress Index
The Social Progress Index measures the extent to which countries provide for the social and environmental needs of their citizens. Fifty-four indicators in the areas of basic human needs, foundations of well-being, and opportunity to progress show the relative performance of nations.
The Human Rights measurement initiative
Provides measurements of the enforcement of human rights (individual & social). Includes both advice on methodology and findings.
Social and Economic Rights Fulfillment Index Economic and Social Rights Empowerment Initiative
ESCR-Net Monitoring of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights enforcement
International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
International Labour Organization
Indexes and Reports on Labour standards, the Freedom of Association, etc.