IVO BAROMETER at the end of 2011: The quality of democracy during the second half of the year has remained unchanged.

On February 9, 2011 Institute for Public Affairs posted on an assessment of the development quality of democracy in Slovakia for the second half of the year 2011.

Within the project IVO Barometer, analysts from Institute for Public Affairs in cooperation with other experts evaluate the quality development of democracy in Slovakia in the second half of the year 2011 by overall mark 2.6 - which means stagnation at the level of evaluation for the first half of the year 2011. The total yearly rating for 2011 at the level of 2.6 is the best since the beginning of IVO Barometer rating in 2008.

The rating does not change both due to the "balancing" of positive trends by negative; in addition as a result of early ending of the Cabinet of Iveta Radičová several legislative solutions that had the potential to improve the situation in the monitored areas were stopped. Development of the evaluation in 2012 will be significantly influenced by the fact how the political elite will deal with the negative development in a transparent exercise of power and suspicions of abuse of positions and political corruption, which escalated at the turn of the years 2011/2012 - also in relation to the results of parliamentary elections in March 2012.


IVO Newsletter - Barometer : 2nd half-year of 2011 (Slovak only)

IVO Barometer

The principal objective of the IVO Barometer, an analytical project by the Institute for Public Affairs, is to provide a foundation of basic knowledge about the actual state of affairs and development trends in the field of quality of democracy, and to put together an operative team of experts and regularly publish their assessments.

The backbone of the project is the regular evaluation of the quality of democracy in Slovakia after it became a full-fledged member of the European Union. The project’s methodology is based on systematic monitoring and analysis of the main development trends in five key areas: democratic institutions and the rule of law; legislation; projection and implementation of human and minority rights; performance of independent and public service media; and Euro-integration and transatlantic dimensions of foreign policy.


The IVO president Grigorij Mesežnikov introduced IVO Barometer 2nd half of year 2011 at a press conference. In addition, Oľga Gyárfášová a Zora Bútorová presented most recent IVO survey Slovakia before the 2012 Elections.


The Slovak Spectator released an article about the latest IVO BAROMETER:

Democracy level unchanged in 2011

The level of democracy in Slovakia during the second half of 2011 stayed at the same level as in the previous six months, when it received a mark of 2.6, according to the Barometer survey conducted out by the Institute of Public Affairs (IVO). Although the state of democracy was unimproved, the representatives of the think tank said that the outcome still represented Slovakia’s highest score since 2008, the SITA newswire reported.

“Some positive trends that we saw after the 2010 elections were stopped,” said IVO’s Grigorij Mesežnikov, as quoted by SITA, adding that the fall of the government led some measures which might have improved the current situation in Slovakia not to be realized.

The most criticized measure passed by the government was an amendment to the constitution which allowed the president to appoint the current interim government.

“We consider the way [the constitution] was amended to have been extremely inappropriate for a consolidated democracy, as the amendment was passed within several hours, using a fast-tracked legislative process,” explained Mesežnikov, as quoted by SITA.

He added that the level of democracy in Slovakia was generally maintained due to the fact that there was no move towards authoritarianism and that opposition parties were not routinely marginalized.


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