Just caught a fragment of a political discussion on the radio and one person was telling the the liberal democracy is threatened and mentioned that some percentage related to liberal democracy diminishing in the past years.
Doing some research the I found out that the idea of shrinking liberal democracies and the rise of the illiberal ones is not new at all:
If you look at Freedom House scores, we’re in the middle of what has been—we’ve been tracking the state of democracy in the world for almost 50 years. And we’re in the middle of what some have called a democracy recession. So 12 consecutive years in which democracy, political rights, and civil liberties are declining around the world. This past year 70 countries experienced declines in our scores, compared to less than half that experienced improvements. What’s also kind of important to say is that really important and influential countries are actually backsliding in serious ways.
I tried locating an article that confirms these score, but I could not. I am wondering there is any type of source (article or paper) that provides some math to prove this allegation. E.g.: the number of persons living into countries that are considered liberal democracies as a percentage of all considered countries has dropped from x% to y%.
Question: Are there any sources that quantifies the liberal democracy shrinkage / recession?