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Global Parliament Index

As the first known project of its kind, the Arden Strategies Global Parliament Index provides a snapshot of where worldwide political leaning stands by analysing the balance of power in every country across the globe.

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In the ever-evolving landscape of politics, where information is key and strategies constantly adapt, staying ahead of the curve is essential for any comprehensive political insight. In this new study, the first of its kind, Arden Strategies is proud to announce the Global Parliament Index. The Global Parliament Index introduces a political map of the world reflecting the true balance of power across every country across the globe – and it should worry those who support democracy. 

This study provides a snapshot of the world’s political leanings, as over 2 billion voters elect leaders in forty countries, in an unprecedented number of elections in a single year. 

Analysing the alignment of every government in the world, this study assigns each country into one of nine categories based upon multiple factors including an analysis of each governing Party’s policy, manifesto, and record in government.

The global parliament

According to the findings of this study: 

  • In a global parliament, the largest political grouping would be the dictatorships with 310 seats, none of whom are elected in a democratic election.   
  • Each region has a mix of government types, although left-wing governments are more common in Latin America and right-wing governments more common in Europe.  
  • Even if every centre-right, centre-left and centrist government in the world entered an unlikely and very broad coalition, they would only just secure a majority, representing just 51% of the world’s population and allocating 512 seats.    
  • As the Democrats are currently in power in the US, the majority of people living in Europe and North America are dominated by centre-left governments – a trend to watch in the upcoming US elections. 

GLOBAL PARLIAMENT INDEX 2024

This world map shows the government type in each of the world’s countries and the political alignment of its democracies on a scale from Populist Left through to Populist Right.

THE GLOBAL PARLIAMENT

The study reflects the balance of political power across all governments aggregated into a single 1,000-member Global Parliament Index, with each MP representing about five million people. Where countries have smaller populations than the minimum number required per seat, they have been combined with other smaller countries that have the same government category. 

Navigate through where the world sits across the political spectrum by region using the arrows below. Vote shares can be viewed here.

THE DEMOCRATIC GLOBAL PARLIAMENT

The study reflects the balance of political power across democratic governments aggregated into a single 1,000-member Global Parliament Index, with each MP representing about five million people. Where countries have smaller populations than the minimum number required per seat, they have been combined with other smaller countries that have the same government category. 

Navigate through where the world’s democracies sit across the political spectrum by region using the arrows below. Vote shares can be viewed here.

THE GLOBAL PARLIAMENT index walkthrough

Elections in 2024

In 2024, over 2 billion people across 40 countries, representing approximately 50% of the global GDP, will have the chance to elect a new leader. Updated on a quarterly basis, Arden’s Global Parliament Index will capture the results of each presidential and general election and provide insight on the direction in which the global population, living under a democratic government, is moving on the political spectrum.  

We at Arden appreciate the vast diverse political ideologies that exist across different countries. Defining what constitutes the various points across a political spectrum is an impractical task, particularly in an increasingly fragmented and polarised political atmosphere. However, with each significant election around the world, there emerges an opportunity to capture insight into the political state of the world at large.  

How much closer to the far-Right is Europe inching with each new election? What percentage of the world’s population is living under a Centre-Left or Centre-Right government? How will the unprecedented number of elections in 2024 effect where we sit on the global political spectrum? These are some of the questions that Arden’s Global Parliament Index is aimed at addressing. 

ADDITIONAL CHARTS AND ANALYSIS

Spin the globe and zoom in to explore each country’s government type. Bubbles are sized by population
Click or rollover to view governments in detail or filter by global regions
Click to explore global regions in depth or filter by income level (World Bank data)

OUR METHODOLOGY

Arden’s Global Parliament Index is a tool which provides a comprehensive and dynamic approach to understanding political landscapes. Developed by our Global Services team of experts, this tool not only equips political professionals with insight into major political shifts, but also analyses these trends to reflect on how they are impacting policy today.  

At its core, the Global Parliament Index is an innovative, qualitative data-driven platform that aggregates and analyses an extensive array of political and demographic data points. The index allows users to explore and interpret political data with ease, transforming raw information into actionable intelligence. 

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Arden provides a range of services globally including pre-empting and tackling disinformation, and support to trace and recover misappropriated public assets. We also support inspiring democratic candidates and parties across the world.

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Democratic Global Parliament vote share detail: 

Political Spectrum Categories Seats Allocated Vote Share 
Populist or Authoritarian Left 25 3% 
Left Wing 94 9% 
Centre-Left 156 16% 
Centrist 74 7% 
Centrist Authoritarian 3 0.3% 
Centre-Right 279 28% 
Right-Wing 23 2% 
Populist or Authoritarian Right 36 4% 

 

Central and Southern Asia (democracies) vote share detail:

Political Spectrum Categories Seats Allocated Vote Share 
Populist or Authoritarian Left 0 0% 
Left Wing 0 0% 
Centre-Left 97 10% 
Centrist 0 0% 
Centrist Authoritarian 0 0% 
Centre-Right 805 80% 
Right-Wing 0 0% 
Populist or Authoritarian Right 0 0% 
Dictatorship 98 10% 

 

East and South-East Asia (democracies) vote share detail:

Political Spectrum Categories Seats Allocated Vote Share 
Populist or Authoritarian Left 0 0% 
Left Wing 0 0% 
Centre-Left 196 20% 
Centrist 0 0% 
Centrist Authoritarian 0 0% 
Centre-Right 56 5% 
Right-Wing 53 5% 
Populist or Authoritarian Right 0 0% 
Dictatorship 695 70% 

 

Europe and North America (democracies) vote share detail:

Political Spectrum Categories Seats Allocated Vote Share 
Populist or Authoritarian Left 5 1% 
Left Wing 50 5% 
Centre-Left 450 45% 
Centrist 106 10% 
Centrist Authoritarian 0 0% 
Centre-Right 184 18% 
Right-Wing 6 1% 
Populist or Authoritarian Right 62 6% 
Dictatorship 137 14% 

Latin America and Caribbean vote share detail:

Political Spectrum Categories Seats Allocated Vote Share 
Populist or Authoritarian Left 247 25% 
Left Wing 474 47% 
Centre-Left 29 3% 
Centrist 27 3% 
Centrist Authoritarian 0 0% 
Centre-Right 22 2% 
Right-Wing 60 6% 
Populist or Authoritarian Right 71 7% 
Dictatorship 70 7% 

 

North Africa and Western Asia (democracies) vote share detail:

Political Spectrum Categories Seats Allocated Vote Share 
Populist or Authoritarian Left 7 1% 
Left Wing 91 9% 
Centre-Left 5 0% 
Centrist 106 11% 
Centrist Authoritarian 23 2% 
Centre-Right 87 9% 
Right-Wing 0 0% 
Populist or Authoritarian Right 192 19% 
Dictatorship 489 49% 

 

Oceania (democracies) vote share detail:

Political Spectrum Categories Seats Allocated Vote Share 
Populist or Authoritarian Left 17 2% 
Left Wing 3 0% 
Centre-Left 831 83% 
Centrist 4 0% 
Centrist Authoritarian 0 0% 
Centre-Right 146 15% 
Right-Wing 0 0% 
Populist or Authoritarian Right 0 0% 
Dictatorship 0 0% 

 

Sub-Saharan Africa vote share detail:

Political Spectrum Categories Seats AllocatedVote Share
Populist or Authoritarian Left 172%
Left Wing 3 0% 
Centre-Left 831 83% 
Centrist 4 0% 
Centrist Authoritarian 0 0% 
Centre-Right 146 15% 
Right-Wing 00%
Populist or Authoritarian Right00%
Dictatorship00%

Global Parliament vote share detail: 

Political AlignmentSeats Allocated Vote Share 
Populist or Authoritarian Left25 3%
Left Wing 94 9% 
Centre-Left 156 16% 
Centrist 74 7% 
Centrist Authoritarian 3 0% 
Centre-Right 279 28% 
Right-Wing 23 2% 
Populist or Authoritarian Right 36 4% 
Dictatorship31031%

 

Central and Southern Asia vote share detail:

Political Spectrum Categories Seats Allocated Vote Share 
Populist or Authoritarian Left 0 0% 
Left Wing 0 0% 
Centre-Left 97 10% 
Centrist 0 0% 
Centrist Authoritarian 0 0% 
Centre-Right 805 80% 
Right-Wing 0 0% 
Populist or Authoritarian Right 0 0% 
Dictatorship 98 10% 

 

East and South-East Asia vote share detail:

Political Spectrum Categories Seats Allocated Vote Share 
Populist or Authoritarian Left 0 0% 
Left Wing 0 0% 
Centre-Left 196 20% 
Centrist 0 0% 
Centrist Authoritarian 0 0% 
Centre-Right 56 5% 
Right-Wing 53 5% 
Populist or Authoritarian Right 0 0% 
Dictatorship 695 70% 

 

Europe and North America vote share detail:

Political Spectrum Categories Seats Allocated Vote Share 
Populist or Authoritarian Left 5 1% 
Left Wing 50 5% 
Centre-Left 450 45% 
Centrist 106 10% 
Centrist Authoritarian 0 0% 
Centre-Right 184 18% 
Right-Wing 6 1% 
Populist or Authoritarian Right 62 6% 
Dictatorship 137 14% 

Latin America and Caribbean vote share detail:

Political Spectrum Categories Seats Allocated Vote Share 
Populist or Authoritarian Left 247 25% 
Left Wing 474 47% 
Centre-Left 29 3% 
Centrist 27 3% 
Centrist Authoritarian 0 0% 
Centre-Right 22 2% 
Right-Wing 60 6% 
Populist or Authoritarian Right 71 7% 
Dictatorship 70 7% 

 

North Africa and Western Asia vote share detail:

Political Spectrum Categories Seats Allocated Vote Share 
Populist or Authoritarian Left 7 1% 
Left Wing 91 9% 
Centre-Left 5 0% 
Centrist 106 11% 
Centrist Authoritarian 23 2% 
Centre-Right 87 9% 
Right-Wing 0 0% 
Populist or Authoritarian Right 192 19% 
Dictatorship 489 49% 

 

Oceania vote share detail:

Political Spectrum Categories Seats Allocated Vote Share 
Populist or Authoritarian Left 17 2% 
Left Wing 3 0% 
Centre-Left 831 83% 
Centrist 4 0% 
Centrist Authoritarian 0 0% 
Centre-Right 146 15% 
Right-Wing 0 0% 
Populist or Authoritarian Right 0 0% 
Dictatorship 0 0% 

 

Sub-Saharan Africa vote share detail:

Political Spectrum Categories Seats AllocatedVote Share
Populist or Authoritarian Left 172%
Left Wing 3 0% 
Centre-Left 831 83% 
Centrist 4 0% 
Centrist Authoritarian 0 0% 
Centre-Right 146 15% 
Right-Wing 00%
Populist or Authoritarian Right00%
Dictatorship00%

The research and methodology behind the Global Parliament Index strive for objectivity and balance. Critiqued through an external informal peer review as well as the consultation of an internal advisory team, the Index comprises expert knowledge from a wide range of political perspectives in its assessment. The precise allocation of governments to each of the categories is a science as well as an art, and on occasion our team of experts have applied judgement where a governing Party has complex or multiple identities. 

The study analyses the political alignment of the national rather than devolved or State governments in each nation around the world.  The category allocated to each governing political party is based on a unique method which considers multiple factors including international and regional political affiliation, political and economic policies, international political engagement and a historical context of the party’s platform. 

Arden’s Global Parliament Index uses recognised world regions established in the SDG framework of the United Nations. Arden’s political spectrum category is provided alongside other indices such as the Freedom House Democracy Index ratings in order to capture a well-rounded snapshot of the state of democracy across each state

The states excluded from this study include the following:

Afghanistan
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Belarus
Brunei
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
China
Cuba
Djibouti
Egypt
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Eswatini
Gabon
Guinea
Iran
Kazakhstan
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Mali
Myanmar
Nicaragua
North Korea
Niger
Oman
Qatar
Republic of the Congo
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Sudan
Syria
Tajikistan
Tunisia
Turkmenistan
Vietnam
Uzbekistan
United Arab Emirates
Venezuela
Yemen

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