Bangladesh has improved four notches on the latest Democracy Index, compared to the previous year, according to a study report.
According to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) report released on Wednesday, Asia has recorded the higher improvement than any other regions.
Bangladesh has ranked 88th with an overall score of 5.57 on the Democracy Index 2018, compared to the 92nd position with a score of 5.43 a year ago. Bangladesh’s score on the Democracy Index 2017 fell to its lowest in a decade.
Despite gains on the latest index, Bangladesh is still classified as a hybrid regime and is way behind India that climbed only one notch.
Despite a growing disillusionment with formal political institutions, political participation is on the rise in almost every region around the world, with the population being spurred into political action, the report said.
EIU also said women’s political participation has improved more than any other single indicator in the model in the past decade.
China rose nine places in the global ranking, although it remains classified as an authoritarian regime. Its climb in the index mainly reflects the worsening scores of other countries in the index, particularly in Latin America and Eastern Europe.
As per the report, Sri Lanka has fallen back more than any other country in the region with a marked decrease in its score from 6.48 in 2017 to 6.19, driven by a worsening in the functioning of government and in civil liberties.
The country plunged into a constitutional crisis in late October when the president Maithripala Sirisena announced the dismissal of the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe replacing him with an ally Mahinda Rajapaksa who served as president in 2005-15.
The EIU report says only countries with scores above 8 have been categorised as "full" democracies.
Little change was felt in Asia’s two largest democracies: India (ranked 41st) and Indonesia (65th)—both are readying themselves for elections in 2019.