Pandemic Democracy
Tracker

Click on the country to show its democratic response to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. A higher score indicates a more democratic response.

Analysis and Commentary

Sunset clauses: Don’t let the sun go down on democracy

Sunset clauses: Don’t let the sun go down on democracy

September 29th, 2020

There’s no ‘right’ way to adapt elections to COVID-19 – but there is a right way to make those decisions

There’s no ‘right’ way to adapt elections to COVID-19 – but there is a right way to make those decisions

June 9th, 2020

Digital by default is a dangerous path for Parliaments

Digital by default is a dangerous path for Parliaments

May 28th, 2020

Overcoming COVID-19 or any other crisis must not be at the expense of fundamental rights

Overcoming COVID-19 or any other crisis must not be at the expense of fundamental rights

May 15th, 2020

About

A strong, healthy democracy needs constant care and attention and during a crisis we need to be even more vigilant. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic poses a particular risk to emerging or less resilient democracies.

Westminster Foundation for Democracy’s pandemic democracy tracker tracks the democratic response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the countries in which we work.

The tracker displays up-to-date information about any emergency action taken by governments, the parliamentary response, whether social and economic protections have been put in place, and the political impact, including the postponement of elections.

* The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by WFD or the UK government

Methodology

The data for this tracker is collected by WFD, using a standardised survey designed by WFD. Updates are provided at regular intervals.

The results are aggregated and scored according to criteria designed by WFD’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team, with higher scores indicating a more democratic response.

The focus is on examining the nature of the response to COVID-19, rather than general characteristics of the political system in normal circumstances. For example, countries receive a higher score if their emergency legislation in response to COVID-19 has an expiry date and a lower score if it is in place for an unlimited amount of time. The scores also account for the inclusivity of the response by scoring countries higher if their pandemic-related socio-economic policies are gender-responsive, for instance. Details of the scoring system can be found here.

You can challenge the information displayed on this website, as well as suggest updates by submitting the online form. The submissions will be reviewed by our team.

About WFD

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is the UK public body dedicated to supporting democracy around the world.

Operating directly in over 40 countries, WFD works with parliaments, political parties, and civil society groups as well as on elections to help make countries’ political systems fairer, more inclusive and accountable.