Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Canada Is The 6th Freest Democracy In The World: Study

Canada is one of the freest democracies in the world, while U.S. democracy is getting more flawed, according to a new study.

The Economist Intelligence Unit's 2016 Democracy Index looked at the state of democracy in 165 nations and two territories around the world.

The index ranks countries based on five categories — "electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture."

The countries are then classified into one of four types of governments: "full democracy," "flawed democracy," "hybrid regime," and "authoritarian regime."

Canada ranked as the sixth freest "full democracy" in the world, receiving a 9.15 score out of 10. It's Canada's highest ranking in the study so far; the country previously sat at 9.08 for several years.

The score was calculated from its high ranks on electoral process, government function and civil liberties. Canada only fared somewhat poorly in the category of political participation.

The U.S. did not fare as well.

Canada's neighbour fell for the first time this year to a "flawed democracy" instead of a "full" one.

U.S. ranking not Trump's fault

But, the report argues, it wasn't the election of President Donald Trump that allowed the country to drop in the rankings, but a lack of confidence in political institutions.

"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," The Economist wrote.

The report was titled "Revenge of the 'deplorables,'" referring to the "popular revolt in 2016 against political elites," the study explained.

The U.S. wasn't the only nation to backslide. Nineteen eastern European countries dropped in the rankings last year, thanks to what the report cited as a "weakening of electoral processes."

Original Article
Author: Sarah Rieger 

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