India's ranking in Democracy Index 2017, released by Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), has slipped down to 42nd spot from 32nd last year and classified among "flawed democracies".
India 's overall score has fallen to 7.23 points, even though it scored well on electoral process and pluralism (9.17). However, it has not managed to score so well on other four parameters -- political culture, the functioning of government, political participation and civil liberties.
The Economist Intelligence Unit ranked 167 countries on a 0 to 10 scale. Only countries with scores above 8 are categorized as "full" democracies.
Norway has again topped the list, followed by Iceland and Sweden, New Zealand and Denmark.
On the other hand, the US in 21st place was downgraded from a "full democracy" to a "flawed democracy" in the same study last year
- The EIU is the research and analysis division of the UK- based media behemoth The Economist Group.
- Headquarters: London, the United Kingdom
- Founded: 1946