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BTI Transformation Insights

December 2020

Analysis and research on governance, political regimes and economic policies from the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index (BTI).


BTI 2020

Índice de Transformación Bertelsmann 2020

In global comparison, Europe and Latin America have the highest quality of democracy. It is precisely here, however, that the strongest political regressions were recorded in the past decade. This makes a transatlantic dialogue all the more important, to jointly analyze the threats to participation and the rule of law and develop democratization strategies. An important instrument for this is the BTI. The fact that the Transformation Index is now available in Spanish translation for the fourth time is due to the successful cooperation with our Argentinean partner CADAL. read more


Saudi Arabia

Presidency of the G20: Kingdom of Intolerance

The G20 summit in Riyadh was intended as a celebration of Saudi Arabia as one of the most powerful and modern countries in the world. The nation’s aspirations to preen at the high-profile international event have been scuppered, not only by COVID-19, but also by the Gulf State’s dire record on human rights. read more

Event Series

Troubling Trends in Transformation

In our transatlantic “Troubling Trends in Transformation” online series, co-hosted with the Bertelsmann Foundation North America (BFNA), top-class experts joined us in seven regional and thematic sessions to discuss the current and future challenges to political and economic transformation as well as governance performance. watch our playlist


A Ballot That Could Redefine the Country’s Rules

A year after intense protests against inequality swept Chile, citizens will vote in a referendum on whether the country should update its constitution. What next for a country on the brink of a big shift? read more



Leadership Vacuum: Squabbling Threatens Clout of International Security Organization

An internal power struggle has undermined the world’s leading international security body since the summer. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is due to finally get four new leaders in December but the unprecedented power vacuum has hit at a crunch time for hotspots worldwide. read more


Globalization Report 2020 – How do developing countries and emerging markets perform?

Every two years, the Globalization Report examines how well individual countries have benefited from the progressing globalization since 1990. ... read more


Between the Pandemic and the Poll Booth: 2020 Elections

The spiraling Covid-19 pandemic looms large over Myanmar’s upcoming general elections. Meanwhile, weakness in Myanmar’s social fabric, the conflict in Rakhine state, and shaky confidence in Myanmar’s electoral institutions all pose a big threat to democracy in the country. read more


Season's Greetings

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Looking back at a year unlike any other, we wish you, our partners and readers, wonderful Christmas holidays and a happy and successful new year. In addition to all the challenges the Corona Pandemic has confronted us with in 2020, it has also made us break new ground. We have recently started the new BTI round and are very much looking forward to working with all our partners again and to all the exciting insights from all across the world, our joint effort will bring to light. We would like to thank you for your interest in our work and look forward to continuing our exchanges in 2021.


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