This map layer shows the degree of participation of the population in the political process of a country by way of an index value, classified in three categories, for 2011 and for all available countries.
Example of how to read the map:
In 2011, the right to self-determination by political participation was not granted by the government of Nigeria. There were no regular, free and fair elections through which the electorate could have influenced the country’s politics or changed (the composition of) the government. The Electoral Self-Determination dataset in an annual index that describes the opportunities for co-determination of the population in political life and in elections. The index consists of three classes: no participation in political life, limited participation in political life and generally accepted participation in political life with open elections.
CIRI - Cingranelli-Richards
The Cingranelli-Richards (CIRI) Human Rights dataset documents how states deal with human rights, how they adhere to and disregard 15 different human rights worldwide for 1981 to 2011. The Electoral Self-Determination dataset in an annual index that describes the opportunities for co-determination of the population in political life and in elections. The Index differentiates between three classes of participation in the political process:
Not respected by the state; i.e. there are neither free nor fair elections; the right to self-determination is massively curtailed; governments regularly retaliate against citizens who claim or try to exercise that right.
Respected by the state to some degree, i.e. there are moderately free and fair elections; full execution of the statutory right of self-determination may be curtailed (example: intransparency of the election process).
Generally respected by the state, i.e. there are regular, free and fair elections; the citizens are legally entitled to the right of self-determination and can be fully exercised.