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Political rights rating

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What you should know about this indicator

It is measured on a one-to-seven scale, with one representing the highest degree of Freedom and seven the lowest.

Political rights rating
Identifies the extent of free and fair elections, political pluralism and participation, and a functioning government. Lower ratings indicate more rights.
Source
Freedom House (2024) – processed by Our World in Data
Last updated
May 16, 2024
Next expected update
May 2025
Date range
1972–2023

Sources and processing

This data is based on the following sources

The Freedom in the World report is composed of numerical ratings and supporting descriptive texts for 195 countries and 15 territories. External analysts assess 210 countries and territories, using a combination of on-the-ground research, consultations with local contacts, and information from news articles, nongovernmental organizations, governments, and a variety of other sources. Expert advisers and regional specialists then vet the analysts’ conclusions. The final product represents the consensus of the analysts, advisers, and Freedom House staff.

For each country and territory, Freedom in the World analyzes the electoral process, political pluralism and participation, the functioning of the government, freedom of expression and of belief, associational and organizational rights, the rule of law, and personal autonomy and individual rights.

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May 16, 2024
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House, Freedom. "Freedom in the world. Freedom House." (2021).

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“Data Page: Political rights rating”, part of the following publication: Bastian Herre, Lucas Rodés-Guirao, Esteban Ortiz-Ospina and Max Roser (2013) - “Democracy”. Data adapted from Freedom House. Retrieved from https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/political-rights-rating-fh [online resource]
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Freedom House (2024) – processed by Our World in Data. “Political rights rating” [dataset]. Freedom House, “Freedom in the World” [original data]. Retrieved July 23, 2024 from https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/political-rights-rating-fh