Brazil among world’s top 10 democratic backsliding countries

Data shows the trend beginning in 2016, prior to the Bolsonaro government

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Monica Benicio, widow of Rio Councilwoman Marielle Franco — who was murdered in March 2018. Photo: Salty View/Shutterstock

Brazil has become more autocratic in the last decade. New data from the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) project ranks the country fourth in a list of the world’s top ten countries undergoing a process of autocratization. Brazil’s liberal democracy index dropped 0.28 points, falling from 0.79 in 2010 to 0.51 in 2020.

As The Brazilian Report discussed last month, democratic backsliding is not a phenomenon restricted to Brazil. V-Dem confirms patterns found by The Economist and Freedom House earlier this year and identifies a “third wave of autocratization” worldwide, engulfing 25 countries and 35 percent of...

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