NEW YORK — Armenia has semi-consolidated authoritarian regime, says newly released Freedom House’s repot Nations in Transit 2012.
Nations in Transit is Freedom House’s comprehensive, comparative study of democratic development in 29 countries from Central Europe to Eurasia.
Special attention in the report is drawn to electoral processes, civil society, independent media, local democratic governance, corruption and other factors.
The ratings of states are based on a scale of 1 to 7, with 1 representing the highest level of democratic progress and 7 the lowest. The Democracy Score is an average of ratings for the categories tracked in a given year.
Armenia’s democracy score in 2011 is 5.39. The authors note improvements in combating corruption.
“E-government services reduced opportunities for bribery, while new regulations and stricter enforcement led to higher numbers of corruption lawsuits and fines against senior officials and large companies,” the report says.
As regards other aspects, Armenia underwent no changes as compared with the last year.