About 'Nations in Transit'

2015 Nations in Transit data

Regime Types:

Consolidated Democracy
Semi-Consolidated Democracy
Transitional Government or Hybrid Regime
Semi-Consolidated Authoritarian Regime
Consolidated Authoritarian Regime

Democracy Scores:

The democracy scores and regime ratings are based on a scale of 1 to 7, with 1 representing the highest level of democratic progress and 7 the lowest. The 2015 ratings reflect the period January 1 through December 31, 2014.

Nations in Transit is the only comprehensive, comparative, and multidimensional study of reform in the former Communist states of Europe and Eurasia. Nations in Transit tracks the reform record of 29 countries and administrative areas and provides Freedom House's most in-depth data about this vast and important region. The 2014 edition covers events from January 1 through December 31, 2013. It is an updated edition of surveys published in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1999-2000, 1998, 1997, and 1995.

The country reports in Nations in Transit follow an essay format that allowed the report authors to provide a broad analysis of the progress of democratic change in their country of expertise. Freedom House provided them with guidelines for ratings and a checklist of questions covering seven categories: electoral process; civil society; independent media; national democratic governance; local democratic governance; judicial framework and independence; and corruption.

Numeric ratings accompanying the reports are based on a scale of 1 to 7, with 1 representing the highest and 7 the lowest level of democratic progress. The ratings for all categories reflect the consensus of Freedom House, the Nations in Transit advisers, and the report authors.  Nations in Transit is an independent assessment with a methodology rooted in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It measures trans-Atlantic-agreed standards of democratic governance.
Unfortunately, our entire catalogue of reports is not yet available.  Reports dating from 2003 to the present may be viewed using the drop-down menu below.