About Nations in Transit
WHAT IS NATIONS IN TRANSIT?
Nations in Transit is Freedom House’s research project on democracy in the 29 formerly communist countries from Central Europe to Central Asia. The flagship of the project is an annual survey of democratic reform that has been published since 1995, and with the same methodology since 2003. Nations in Transit also publishes briefs on topics relevant to democratic reform in the region.
Nations in Transit Report Editions
Since the Revolution of Dignity in February of 2014, Ukraine’s economy has passed through a perfect storm. The brief looks at how the country survived the storm using administrative measures, macroeconomic policy, and international support, and argues there are no alternatives to reforming the economy. To thrive long-term, Ukraine’s politicians will have to address systematic corruption and legalize the shadow part of the economy.
WHAT DOES NATIONS IN TRANSIT MEASURE?
The Nations in Transit annual report researchers score the countries on a scale of 1 to 7 in seven categories: National Democratic Governance, Local Democratic Governance, Electoral Process, Independent Media, Civil Society, Judicial Framework and Independence, and Corruption. Category scores are based on a detailed list of questions available here. These category scores are straight-averaged to create a country’s “Democracy Score” on a scale of 1 to 7, with 1 being the most democratic, and 7 the least.
WHO DOES THE RESEARCH?
Freedom House contracts independent researchers from academia, journalism, and civil society for each country to draft the country reports and make the initial scoring. These draft country reports and score proposals are sent to between three and six reviewers per country per year for comments. After researchers have a chance to respond to the comments, Nations in Transit and its advisors meet to finalize scores for each country. Where possible, scores reflect the consensus of researchers, reviewers, advisors, and Freedom House, but Freedom House has the final vote on all score changes.
WHO MAKES IT POSSIBLE?
The annual report is currently funded through a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID has no say in the methodology or conclusions of the report.