Posted on March 28, 2018 • Category: Government and Politics
U.S. Flawed Democracy−Again
The U.S. ranked 21st in the world on the 2017 Democracy Index with a score of 7.98, making it a "flawed democracy" for the second year in a row.
The Economist Intelligence Unit, February 2018
The Democracy Index is an annual study that measures the level of democracy available in 167 countries worldwide. The Index has been compiled since 2006 and countries evaluated as “full democracies” have an overall score above 8.00 on a 10-point scale. The overall score is determined by looking at 60 measures in five categories that make up the Index:
The U.S. was ranked as one of 20 “full democracies” until 2016. At that time, the U.S. fell below the international standard with an overall score of 7.98 and again ranked among the world’s 57 “flawed democracies” for the second year in 2017.
Why are people worldwide disappointed in democracy today?
It’s a growing issue. As Larry Diamond, one of the world’s leading democracy scholars finds, the world has been going through a “democracy recession” since 2006.
According to the 2017 results of the Democracy Index, the following characteristics describe the democracy recession:
Why has the U.S. become a “flawed democracy?
|19%||Citizen trust in government was highest in 1964 when 77% of Americans felt they could trust government to do the right thing. By 2015, American confidence in government had dropped to 19%.|
|56%||Americans who trust the people of our nation to make decisions about our future, down 20% since 2004.|
The 2017 Democracy Index calls attention to the fact that “…media freedom around the world has fallen to its lowest level since the Index was first published in 2006.
Currently, less than one-half of the world’s population enjoys the right to speak freely and has access to a free or partially free media. The United States currently ranks among the top 10 nations in the world for media freedom but is not immune from the threats emerging in Western Europe and other democracies. The challenges to free speech, even in countries that constitutionally guarantee it, include any attempts to constrain the free exchange of ideas, discussion, debate and argument.
The United States’ overall score on the 2017 Democracy Index drops America from a “full democracy” to a “flawed democracy” for the second year in a row.
Democracy is decaying worldwide. America isn’t immune.
U.S. residents who are strongly committed to representative democracy.