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World Audit Annual Report

Summary: The World Audit Annual Report is global survey concerned with the condition of democracy as it relates to worldwide nation states with populations exceeding one million.

Main Points: World Audit has been publishing this annual survey since 1997. Numbers are adjusted during each year when new data become available.

The democracy is defined via the following criteria:

·        Human Rights;

·        Political Rights;

·        Free Speech;

·        Absence of Public Corruption. 

The agencies that provide the statistics for this report are independent experts in their respective fields and they publish their figures on different dates which means that rankings within the World Audit democracy table alter with the publication of each new report. 

The World Audit analysis is based on information available in other governance datasets like:

·        Freedom House Annual Survey

·        Press Freedom

·        Corruption Perceptions Index

·        International Commission of Jurists

·        Centre for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers

For example, the World Audit corruption scores (used in the World Democracy Audit) are taken from the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) dataset and calculated using the following equation where T is the CPI score:

World Audit corruption score = 100 - 10T

The resulting World Audit corruption scores all lie between 0 and 100 (lower being more favourable).
The purpose of the equation is to facilitate comparison between the CPI score, which lies between 0 and 10 before the use of the equation (a higher score being more favourable), and the Press Freedom score, which lies between 0 and 100 (lower being more favourable).

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Source: World Audit, 2013

Page Created By:  Madina Junussova. The content presented on this page is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases. This material does not necessarily reflect the official view of the publishing organization.


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