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ERIS-CPSU Study: State of Democracy in the Commonwealth

ERIS teamed up with the Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit (CPSU) to publish a study on Democracy in the Commonwealth. The resulting report was launched to coincide with the biennial meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Government on 23 November.

The report, with a foreword by Amartya Sen, was authored by the Chair of the Ghana Electoral Commision and Executive Secretary of the Association of African Election Authorities Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, Chair of the Pakistan Human Rights Commission Asma Jahangir and British democracy expert Tim Sheehy.

The report concludes that too many Commonwealth countries fail to encourage or even countenance open political competition and argues for wide-ranging reform in the way the Commonwealth promotes democracy.

Read the report in pdf format here:

Front cover and foreword by Amartya Sen

Full text of the report