Analysis and research on governance, political regimes and economic policies from the Transformation Index (BTI)


Trend toward authoritarian governance continues – Democracy under pressure worldwide

Democracy is losing ground: For the first time since 2004, the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index (BTI) counts more autocratically governed states than democracies. Among the 137 countries surveyed, only 67 are still democracies, while the number of autocracies has risen to 70. Economic and governance performance also show downward trends, with the coronavirus pandemic having exposed and exacerbated existing weaknesses. However, civil society engagement offers a ray of hope, directed in many places against rising levels of inequality and efforts to dilute democratic standards. read more



Transformation Index BTI 2022

Managing the peaceful transition of authoritarian states to democracy and a market-economic system represents a tremendous challenge. Whether it comes to reconstituting the coherency of the state…

BTI Website

BTI 2022 Reports

A global report on democracy, the economy and governance, seven reports on regional trends, and 137 in-depth reports for developing and transformation countries shed light on the state of democracy, a market economy and governance from 2019 to 2021. read more

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Social Media Material

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BTI Atlas

Data Visualization

The Transformation Atlas provides easy access to all BTI data and analysis since the BTI 2006. The interactive tool is ideal for exploring the results and for identifying and visualizing data patterns at the index, criterion and indicator level for individual survey rounds and the time series. open

BTI Blog

BTI Blog

Read the new analysis of the BTI 2022 trends by Jens Poggenpohl on our Blog. Based on our data, the BTI blog shines a spotlight on new developments in the context of longer-term transformation trends and is a platform for international debate on governance reforms. read more