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Learn more about global trends and analyses on the state of democracy

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Your Portfolio May Be Contributing To Authoritarian Aggression

March 11, 2022

Christopher Browne, CFA

Democracy Investments

Democracy Investments’ Chief Investment Officer Christopher Browne, CFA, discusses portfolio influences on foreign policy and makes the investment case for tilting toward Democracy in passive international indices.

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The Investment Argument for an International Equity Democracy-Tilted Portfolio

November 22, 2021

Christopher Browne, CFA

Democracy Investments

Democracy Investments' Chief Investment Officer lays out a case for investing in international equities while aligning with investor values of democracy.

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Democracy Investments International Index

May 06, 2021

Dr. Richard Rikoski

Democracy Investments

Democracy Investments' Chief Economist explains the capital allocation strategy to encourage economic growth in democracies, hinder economic growth in authoritarian states, and create a market-based incentive for political reform.

Analysis and Research

ARTICLE

Democracy is under threat, we must add a D to ESG

By Marcos Buscaglia, Financial Times

February 10, 2021

Democracy bonds could empower the fight for human rights.

ARTICLE

Democracy Fosters Economic Growth

By Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office

March 07, 2019

MIT researchers find vast gains in productivity after countries democratize.

ARTICLE

Democracy Does Cause Growth

By Daron Acemoglu, Suresh Naidu, Pascual Restrepo & James A. Robinson, NBER

March 01, 2014

NBER provides evidence that democracy has a significant and robust positive effect on GDP.

Reports by the Economist Intelligence Unit

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LATEST REPORT

Democracy Index 2021

The China Challenge

Democracy around the world continues to be challenged by an active global pandemic, coups and regime changes, civil unrest, and the rise of authoritarian powers. The 2021 average global democracy score experienced the biggest annual decline since 2010, when the global financial crash led to major setbacks and set a record low since the index was first published in 2006.

REPORT

Democracy Index 2020

In sickness and in health?

Democracy was dealt a major blow in 2020. Almost 70% of countries covered by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index recorded a decline in their overall score, as country after country locked down to protect lives from a novel coronavirus. The global average score fell to its lowest level since the index began in 2006.

REPORT

Democracy Index 2019

A year of democratic backsliding and popular protest

Democracy Index 2019 provides a snapshot of the state of democracy worldwide for 165 independent states and two territories. From full democracy through to authoritarian regime, find out where your country ranks by downloading this free report.

REPORT

Democracy Index 2018

Political participation, protest and democracy

The latest edition of the Democracy Index reveals that despite a growing disillusionment with formal political institutions, political participation is on the rise in almost every region around the world, with the population being spurred into political action.

REPORT

Democracy Index 2017

Free speech under attack

Global democracy has declined significantly over the last year, according to the latest edition of the Democracy Index. The Democracy Index provides a snapshot of the current state of democracy worldwide. This year’s report includes a special focus on how media freedom and freedom of expression are faring in every region.

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