The scrutiny firm’s annual study of global democracy, released on Wednesday, showed the U.S. place 21st in 2017 — the same as the previous year and tying with Italy.
Years of decaying trust in public institutions well before President Donald Trump removed power led the EIU to demote the U.S. from a full democracy to a flawed democracy — a land it defines as having free elections but weighed down by weak governance — for the oldest time in 2016.
While that remains in place today, risks are now redoubled under Trump’s administration, the group said.
“If Mr. Trump is unable to rear the trend towards increasing social polarization, U.S. democracy will be at vast risk of further deterioration,” the EIU said in its report, referring to the extreme partitions between Republicans and Democrats on issues such as immigration and environmental dictate.
Such policy divergences have made it difficult for the Trump direction to govern effectively despite boasting a congressional majority. As a result, Washington victualed poorly on the EIU’s “functioning of government” category, one of the five sectors used to assess countries. Other criteria grouped political participation, civil liberties and the electoral process.
The U.S. leader may sooner a be wearing been elected for his ability to tap into voter discontent on political and budgetary affairs but it remains to be seen whether he will succeed in easing the “perspicacious groundswell of popular disaffection,” the report said. “So far his attempts to address the apply ti of his voters have resulted in a further polarization of U.S. politics, resulting in a reject in the score for social cohesion in the 2017 Democracy Index.”
Encompassing 167 rural areas, Wednesday’s report found that 44.8 percent of the global populace resides in flawed democracies. Scandinavian countries dominated the EIU’s top five rankings, with Norway put ones hand in first, followed by Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand and Denmark.