Algeria graphs

Here are some graphs featuring Algeria and political parties and freedoms.

The Economist’s Intelligence Unit scored these countries as to whether national elections are free and fair, the security of voters, the influence of foreign powers on government and the capability of the civil service to implement policies.  Authoritarian regimes were defined as “states [where] political pluralism is absent or heavily circumscribed.”

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The Map of Freedom: Middle East and North Africa has three categories: Free, Partly Free, and Not Free.  “A Free country is one where there is broad scope for open political competition, a climate of respect for civil liberties, significant independent civic life, and independent media.  Partly Free countries are characterized by some restrictions on political rights and civil liberties, often in a context of corruption, weak rule of law, ethnic strife, or civil war. A Not Free country is one where basic political rights are absent, and basic civil liberties are widely and systematically denied.”  Algeria falls into the “not free” category.

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Global Integrity’s methodology uses, “…Integrity Indicators scorecard [which] assesses the existence, effectiveness, and citizen access to key governance and anti-corruption mechanisms through more than 300 actionable indicators.  They are scored by a lead in-country researcher and blindly reviewed by a panel of peer reviewers, a mix of other in-country experts as well as outside experts. Reporter’s Notebooks are reported and written by in-country journalists and blindly reviewed by the same peer review panel.”  What is nice is that they follow a “bottom-up” method which looks at what is being down on the ground as opposed to country released statistics.

Many of the factors are weak to very weak which suggests that there is a lot of work to be done in order to create a more transparent system in their governments.  I think there are improvements (see as though this was compiled before the state of emergency was lifted in Algeria), but the governments really need to decentralize their policies to allow more voices and interaction.

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The Quota Project was created to compare how many seats are reserved for women in Parliaments (if any).  In Algeria, it is voluntary to reserve seats; two major parties are listed that choose to reserve seats.

The Social Conflict in Africa Database (SCAD) focuses on the, “research and analysis on various forms of social and political unrest in Africa.”  The database tracks unrest starting in 1990, and as recent as 2009.  This particular bar graph lists Algeria as the tenth country with the highest number of conflicts in twenty years with 201 conflicts.  This is high attributed to the civil war in the early 1990’s.

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Algeria is ranked one point higher in the “Democracy” and “Democratic decentralization” factors as well as percentage of “Political Engagement.”  However, individual freedoms of expression in general (“Satisfaction with freedom of choice”) are ranked higher in Morocco (for comparison).  Algeria could probably achieve better standards through more freedom of expression and engagement of civil society and especially women.

These are some interesting graphs that I will include in the country report.

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