Le Dong Hai Nguyen

M.S. Candidate in Foreign Service

Dataset: Largest democratic backsliding by year (2007-2022)

Le Dong Hai Nguyen | May 6, 2022

Using the raw historical dataset available on the Freedom House website, we compute and rank the largest decline in the global freedom index from 2007 to 2022 (territories are excluded). For each year, we subtract its index from the prior year’s figure and correct for asymmetries in criteria if needed. The country with the largest decline for each year is listed below:

Largest annual decline in freedom index (2007-2022). Please note that the figure for each year shown in the chart above represents its difference from the immediately preceding year.
Data compiled and calculated by the author on basis of data publicly available on Freedom House. Released under CC BY 4.0 license.