March 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

“From a human rights perspective, more is required than periodic elections for a democracy to be genuine. Those elections must be free, transparent, conducted on the basis of “one-person-one-vote”, and people must be able to cast their votes secretly, free from surveillance and intimidation. It is widely believed that the end of the Cold War [and/or the start of the Arab Spring] has resulted in the growth of democracies across the world. They reality is more complex.”1

Here is an insight into some forms of democracy. And has come up with a great website to watch the development of 7 democracies around the world…

Democracy by Numbers [] is a beautiful series of infographics developed by the data visualization agency Dataveyes for the French-German television channel Since January, the TV network is broadcasting a series of documentaries highlighting 7 countries as they go through a change in their political system. The goal is to take the pulse of democracy in those countries, based on their history of government and social issues ( The site is in French, but an English speaker can make do.

1The Atlas of Human Rights, Andrew Fagan 2010


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