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The State Of Democracy (Is Declining) Around The World

Tyler Durden
February 4th, 2020
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This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge. 

The Economist Democracy Index rates countries on the state of their governing system each year. 

In the latest installment published today, Statista’s Katharina Buchholz notes that 22 countries in the world were rated as “full democracies,” including all Scandinavian countries, several Western European nations as well as Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Mauritius, Costa Rica and Chile, which joined the top group in 2019 together with France and Portugal.

Infographic: The State of Democracy Around the World | Statista

You will find more infographics at Statista

Malta dropped out of the full democracies section. Another country that saw its ratings drop in the past year was Iraq, which left the “hybrid regime” category and became authoritarian. India and China also were rated lower in 2019. India, a flawed democracy, was only rated at 6.9 points while China – an authoritarian regime – was scrutinized for heightened surveillance and human rights abuses in its Eastern regions and only achieved a rating of 2.3 points. The country exhibited the biggest loss of any country in the 2019 ranking and became the 15th least democratic place in the world.

Thailand improved its rating most – by 1.7 points – and became a “flawed democracy.”

Advanced economies like Japan and the U.S. also found themselves in the “flawed democracies” category. According to the report, the persistent success of anti-establishment parties (on the left and the right) was partly to blame for the “decline in the quality of democracy.” Japan, which is rated negatively because of inaction on gender inequality, actually made improvements but still “has a long way to go.” The U.S., finally, lost points because of political gridlock and the partisan nature of the political system.

Infographic: The Best And Worst Countries For Democracy | Statista

You will find more infographics at Statista

The countries rated most poorly were North Korea, Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The lowest rated European nations were Belarus, Azerbaijan, and Russia.

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Author: Tyler Durden
Date: February 4th, 2020
Website: https://www.zerohedge.com

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  1. Allen says:

    I’m so glad democracies are declining. They don’t work. That’s why the USA is a Republic.

  2. Clown World says:

    “… the persistent success of anti-establishment parties (on the left and the right) was partly to blame for the “decline in the quality of democracy.”

    (facepalm) According to Bholz’ logic:
    anti establishment = anti democracy
    establishment = democracy

    According to my logic:
    1. The mythical, breakaway, military industrial complex are an independent, middle class, attempting to establish their nepotistic family line — if possible, behind walled communities.
    2. The establishment’s Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are staged wrestling, not a democracy. Shame on you.
    3. When that establishment line graph dips, scared money has fled into “alt” markets. (However, most alternatives in life are fake.) Advantages were generally created by the state, for state actors.
    4. “Crisis” was just .2 points in deviation, before the fake adjustment is made? Over time, there should be an observable pattern, which may allow you to position yourself.

    This news feed has no obvious quality control, in spite of the annoying, several-days-long delays in the comments section. It feels like arguing with the filler material in the BMA junk mail.

    Plant a seed. Gamble a little. Put on a fresh coat of paint. Anything proactive. ffs

  3. Frank Thoughts says:

    Democracy is failing because it is being disrupted by something better: technocracy. Politicians are corrupt and a waste of space. They are no longer able to divine what people want or need and give it to them.

    People want terrorists dead like yesterday. Yet politicians put them in soft prison and then let them out again because it is their right.

    Politicians destroyed the economy and handed it to China. Politicians flooded the West with the human trash of Africa and Muslim countries.

    Politicians = fail.