IVO BAROMETER: The quality of democracy in the third quarter of 2014 has worsened to 3.2

Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) released on October 14th the assessment of development of the quality of democracy in Slovakia in the third quarter of 2014.

Analysts of the Institute for Public Affairs in cooperation with external experts in the framework of the project IVO Barometer evaluated the quality of democracy in Slovakia in the 3nd quarter 2014 by the average mark 3.2 – what means a slight deterioration in comparison with the first quarter 2014. However, the overall average rating for the year 2014 remains still on the value 3.2 points.

Worsening of overall assessment in the third quarter of 2014 is a results of the slight deterioration in one particular area – namely Democratic institutions and the rule of law. In the three remaining areas, the negative and the positive trends were mutually balanced and particular marks remains the same as in the previous quarter.


IVO Barometer 3. štvrťrok 2014 - Newsletter (In Slovak, pdf)


The presentation of IVO Barometer 3/2014 on a press conference. From the left: Miroslav Kollár and Grigorij Mesežnikov.


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 civil society. 

IVO Barometer in 2013 – 2014 is elaborated within a project Opening Slovakia.

The rating 

The evolution of overall rating according to IVO Barometer in years 2008 - 2014 (quarterly assessments)



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