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BTI Transformation Insights

22 March 2018

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


Democracy under Pressure

Polarization and Repression Are Increasing World-wide

Restrictions on free speech, unfair elections and populist hunger for power – it is by no means just autocrats who have been tightening the screw of repression. Governments in democracies have also increasingly been trying to govern with a hard hand. And social division is deeper than it has been for a long time. The current Transformation Index of the Bertelsmann Stiftung shows what is behind this development, and which countries have been particularly affected. read more



One Interactive Tool for All Our Data

The Transformation Atlas provides users easy access to all BTI data and analysis since 2004. The new Atlas makes sharing of graphics easier and lets you correlate data from the BTI and selected external sources instantly. open


Country Reports

In-depth reports for 129 developing and transformation countries shed light on the state of democracy, a market economy and governance between 2015 to 2017. read more



Do Strongmen Govern Better?

In many developing and transition countries, people are looking for simple solutions and flirt with authoritarianism. This trend will have dire consequences because autocracies are hopelessly inferior to democracies in the long term. read more



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In Our next Newsletter

Election Season in Latin America

This year, many Latin American countries have important elections coming up. What are the issues at stake and which political forces are most likely to win? +++ In April 2018, ASEAN will hold its 32nd summit. But the path to economic integration not only holds the promise of increasing living standards and growth – it also presents challenges to the group’s policy of non-interference in member states’ affairs.


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