1. After Donald Trump victory, British think tank downgrades US to ‘flawed democracy’

After Donald Trump victory, British think tank downgrades US to ‘flawed democracy’

The United States has been downgraded from a "full democracy" to a "flawed" one in an annual ranking compiled by a British think tank, which cited an erosion of trust in government.

By: | London | Updated: January 26, 2017 1:20 AM
The ninth annual index report said Trump's election in November and Britain's vote to leave the EU in June were expressions of deep dissatisfaction with the status quo. (Reuters) The ninth annual index report said Trump’s election in November and Britain’s vote to leave the EU in June were expressions of deep dissatisfaction with the status quo. (Reuters)

The United States has been downgraded from a “full democracy” to a “flawed” one in an annual ranking compiled by a British think tank, which cited an erosion of trust in government. New US President Donald Trump capitalised on such long-standing problems in the system in his election campaign, said the Economist Intelligence Unit, part of the group which publishes The Economist weekly magazine. “The US, a standard-bearer of democracy for the world, has become a ‘flawed democracy’, as popular confidence in the functioning of public institutions has declined,” the EIU said in its 2016 Democracy Index report.

“This has been a long-term trend and one that preceded the election of Mr Trump.

“By tapping a deep strain of political disaffection with the functioning of democracy, Mr Trump became a beneficiary of the low esteem in which US voters hold their government.”

It said worsening income inequality, the “ideological entrenchment” in Congress resulting in deadlock, the financial crisis and repeated federal government shutdowns were behind the erosion of trust in the United States.

The ninth annual index report said Trump’s election in November and Britain’s vote to leave the EU in June were expressions of deep dissatisfaction with the status quo.

It said the relatively high 72 percent turnout in the Brexit referendum was because people believed “their vote could change something for once”.

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The backlash against the establishment was a consequence of democratic failings, not a cause, it said.

European ruling elites are facing a growing revolt and a “full-blown legitimacy crisis” — and apart from dismissing voters as deluded, have shown “little inkling of how to respond”.

The message for political leaders facing election in 2017 is that marginalised voters do no share the elite’s values and will “look elsewhere” if mainstream parties do not give them a voice, the report said.

The index ranked 19 full democracies followed by 57 flawed democracies, then 40 hybrid systems and finally 51 authoritarian regimes propping up the list.

Norway, Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand and Denmark topped the index.

Britain was 16th, the United States joint 21st, France joint 24th, Russia 134th and China joint 136th.

North Korea came 167th and bottom, below Syria, Chad, Central African Republic and Equatorial Guinea.

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    Kirat
    Jan 26, 2017 at 1:41 am
    But the people who rule the US government are a few elected officials, not actually the nation's people themselves, which is why it's a "democratic republic" and not a "democracy". Technically, none of those countries are "full democracies"
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      Brian
      Jan 25, 2017 at 11:37 pm
      We're not a democracy at all, we're a Consutional Republic.
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        Pete
        Jan 26, 2017 at 12:38 am
        Um, the US is not a democracy at all. It is a Representative Federal Republic. Big difference.
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        1. Timothy+J. Williams
          Jan 26, 2017 at 7:24 pm
          Hilarious. The British supreme court just invalidated a por vote, and the fools weigh in on America. F--- off!
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          1. Bob Henninger
            Jan 26, 2017 at 1:39 am
            Oh, you mean the Liberal British people? because as I recal they have their own issue with democracy
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              Jim
              Jan 26, 2017 at 2:29 am
              Weigh
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                Jim
                Jan 26, 2017 at 2:28 am
                What do the Brits know about democracy? I mean, I love them, but they are hardly qualified to way in on issues of freedom. Cameras everywhere, no guns, good beer.
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                  Hugh
                  Jan 26, 2017 at 1:14 am
                  Well, it's a DEMOCRATIC Representative Federal Republic. Democracy just means that the government is ruled by the people.
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                    anthony
                    Jan 26, 2017 at 3:06 am
                    who cares what Britain thinks, they can't even grow balls and fight there own wars. We always have to save them like we did in WWII...........Britain can kiss our
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                      Edward Cherry
                      Jan 26, 2017 at 3:30 am
                      I happen to agree strongly with this "think tank. The evidences are, 'rumors' that many people are on the social internet discusing moveing to other contenants to set up buisinesses elsewhere.Donald Trump has become more of a Tyrant than a President.
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                        DW`
                        Jan 26, 2017 at 12:45 am
                        What a farce. America has NEVER, EVER been a Democracy it has always been a Republic. That said how can it be a flawed Republic. I think this think tank has a few cells that are misfiring. This think tank does not even know the difference between a Republic and a Democracy. Republic nouna state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch.democracy nouna system of government by the w potion or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.In a Democracy the people all have a say in everything. In a Republic the people elect representatives for the people so that they can do other things and let the representatives and in our case a President run the country.Our Pledge of Allegiance says it all - "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
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                          Robb
                          Jan 26, 2017 at 1:02 am
                          The US is a consutional republic that practices democracy. At least get that right
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