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Democratic Quality and Good Governance

The Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index (BTI) analyzes and evaluates the quality of democracy, a market economy and political management in 137 developing and transition countries. It measures successes and setbacks on the path toward a democracy based on the rule of law and a socially responsible market economy.


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Sabine Donner
Senior Expert
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Dr. Hauke Hartmann
Senior Expert
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Claudia Härterich
Project Manager
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Sabine Steinkamp
Project Assistant


In-depth country reports provide the basis for assessing the state of transformation and persistent challenges, and to evaluate the ability of policymakers to carry out consistent and targeted reforms. The BTI is the first cross-national comparative index that uses self-collected data to comprehensively measure the quality of governance during processes of transition.

The Status Index ranks the countries according to their quality of democracy and market economy as of January 31, 2019.  The Governance Index ranks the countries according to their leadership’s political management performance between February 2017 and January 2019.

The BTI's 3 Dimensions