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You can actually read the methodology in the linked article.

I think their categories are too much open to interpretation. A single example:

15. Is there an effective system of
checks and balances on the exercise
of government authority?
1: Yes
0.5: Yes, but there are some serious
0: No

One's opinion might depend on one's political sympathies (to the government or to the opposition), including foreign evaluators. (For example, for Hungary, I don't understand how they got such a low score for political participation based on the criteria.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Nov 23rd, 2006 at 05:01:49 PM EST
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