V-Dem Democracy Report 2022 Discussion

V-Dem institute logo; text reading, "Democracy Report 2022: Autocratization Changing Nature?"

The Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute’s 2022 Democracy Report documents several signs that autocracy is gaining ground, as polarization and heightened disinformation undermine democracy around the globe. Authoritarian leaders are also increasingly sowing mis- and disinformation to discredit the democratic process and shake confidence in its benefits.

Despite these trends, extensive evidence collected by V-Dem's Case for Democracy reaffirms that democratic governments perform much better than authoritarian regimes in key areas of development, including economic growth, security, public health and the provision of public goods. These findings offer an important opportunity to consider how democracy champions can leverage data to both debunk the autocratic narrative and to fight for democracy and guarantee its benefits, domestically and globally.

Please watch the recording of the virtual discussion held on  April 7, 2022 by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and V-Dem on V-Dem’s 2022 report and trends in autocratization and democratization.


Dr. Staffan Lindberg – Director, V-Dem Institute

Dr. Cassandra Emmons – Democracy Data Analyst, IFES

Dr. Fernanda Buril – Research Specialist, IFES


Chad Vickery – Vice President, Global Strategy and Technical Leadership

 Watch the discussion.


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