An Assessment of the 2016 E-Participation Index
Business and innovation flourish in nations which are politically stable and have a lack of violence or terrorism. These are usually well-developed nations and their citizens enjoy high standards of living. Meanwhile politically unstable nations which are victims of violence or terrorism-related incidents find it tough to provide their citizens with good living standards and are also unable to attract business.
Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization publish the Global Innovation Index which ranks the nations around the world by their capacity for, as well as success in, innovation. The index is based on several indicators and the higher rank a nation gets the more innovative it is.
The political stability and absence of violence/terrorism indicator ranks the nations on the basis of their political stability and also the lack of violence or terrorism, which is essential for innovation to thrive. According to the Global Innovation Index published in 2016, New Zealand is the top ranking nation on the 2014 Political stability and absence of violence/terrorism indicator and has a score of 100. New Zealand has the most stable government in the world and has also witnessed lack of violence and terror-related incidents. Coming at the second spot is Luxembourg with a score of 97.43, while Austria stands third with a score of 95.05. other countries that are ranked at the top and have scores of more than 90 are Finland, Switzerland, Iceland, Singapore, Canada, Norway, and Malta.
Some of the countries that scored between 70 and 90 are Australia, Sweden, the Netherlands, Bhutan, Germany, Mongolia, Denmark, UAE, Belgium, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, France, among others. Meanwhile, some nations that stand somewhere in-between in terms of political stability and absence of violence and terrorism and have scores between 50 and 70 are China, Indonesia, South Africa, Kuwait, Serbia, South Korea, Bulgaria, Argentina, Kazakhstan, Greece, Vietnam, etc.
Meanwhile standing at the bottom of the table with scores of less than 30 are Egypt, Lebanon, Mali, Ukraine, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Yemen. Among these, Yemen stands right at the bottom of the table, is the most politically unstable nation and is prone to violence and terror-related incidents. The nation has a score of 0.
The table below provides information the scores of each nation on the political stability and absence of violence/terrorism indicator.
|United Arab Emirates||83.13|
|United States of America||78.29|
|Republic of Korea||67.49|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||61.29|
(Data sourced from Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization)