Political Instability is one of the 23 indicators of peace measured by the Global Peace Index. It is an 'internal' indicator of peace, meaning it measures peace within a country.
Political Instability is a qualitative assessment of political instability in a country, forming a response to the question: “Are political institutions sufficiently stable to support the needs of businesses and investors?” This is derived from five sub-indicators, measuring the likelihood of social unrest, the strength of constitutional mechanisms, accountability, international disputes and the likelihood of an antagonistic opposition.
Political Instability is scored on a scale from 1 (most stable) to 5 (most unstable).
In countries that score 1, on average, each of the five sub-indicators is lower (i.e. better) than 5 out of 20.
In countries that score 5, on average, each of the five sub-indicators is higher (i.e. worse) than 15 out of 20.
Political Instability is a qualitative assessment from the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Country Analysis team.
The Global Peace Index is comprised of 23 indicators that measure the existence or absence of violence or the fear of violence. These include:
Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict
Societal safety and security
Find out more about how the Global Peace Index is constructed, what it measures and what the results show in the Global Peace Index Report.Related Articles
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