Almost half the world’s 167 countries claim to be democratic, but
according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s latest global Democracy
Index that is a mirage because popular discontent with democratic
governments is growing worldwide.
“Europe is home to the most
‘full democracies,’ but it is here that popular discontent with
dempcracy is most evident,” the Economist reported.
“Only 12.5 percent of the world’s population live in a full democracy…
More than one-third of the world’s population (some 2.6 billion people)
still live under authoritarian rule.”
The United States is at the
bottom of the barrel of “full democracies,” ranking 19 out of the 24
countries, just below the Pacific Island country of Mauritius and South
America’s Uraguay. Northern Europe is still tops, led by Norway. Canada