The Economist has a Democracy Index that they have used to rate over 167 based on 60 indicators. The countries are given a rating from 1 to 10; 1 being a dictatorship and 10 being a full democracy.
Between 2015 and 2016, the rating fell from 8.05 to 7.98. A rating from 8-10 is considered a “full democracy,” and 6 to 8 is considered a flawed democracy. The Economist reported:
“The downgrade was not a consequence of Donald Trump, states the report. Rather, it was caused by the same factors that led Mr Trump to the White House: a continued erosion of trust in government and elected officials, which the index measures using data from global surveys. In total, it incorporates 60 indicators across five broad categories: electoral process and pluralism, functioning of government, political participation, democratic political culture and civil liberties.”
Being a flawed democracy means that we do have fair and free elections, but there are other problems. We have a low participation in government, and the transition has not been as seamless as we wanted it to be.
Let’s just hope our president doesn’t make us fall further down the scale.
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