Accounting for democratic resilience


The National Resilience Index 2020 measures how capable each of the D-10 club of democracies is in facing crises like pandemics or terrorist attacks. Our findings – made using a 10-component, 30-indicator weighted methodology – show that the UK entered the COVID-19 pandemic less resilient to a public health crisis when compared with India, the United States, Australia and Canada, the Henry Jackson Society reports:

The overarching measurement of national resilience, which includes 10 components — trust in civil society, trust in democratic governance, trust in law and order, critical infrastructure, technological prowess, government capacity, altruism, population resilience, national identity and belonging, and public optimism/national happiness — places the UK fourth among the D-10: higher than major EU member-states such as Germany, France, and Italy, but below ‘Five Eyes’ allies such as the USA, Canada, and Australia…..

On the overall performance of each country for Trust in Law and Order, seven countries performed above the D-10 average of 90.62 for this indicator, with three countries – USA, South Korea, and Italy – scoring lower than the D-10 average. The USA’s lowly position of eighth place is largely determined by a relatively low level of public trust in the judicial system (this could possibly take in both social class and racial dynamics). RTWT

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