The world's strongest democracies
The top 10 "full democracies" are:
- New Zealand
- Canada and Ireland (both share the sixth spot)
The U.S. has been demoted to a “flawed democracy,” in the classification of the EIU - as a result of low public confidence in the government.
While disenchantment with political elites has led to a rise in populism, it has also sparked renewed political participation. In the EU referendum, 72% of the UK population turned out to vote, compared to an average of 63% in general elections over the past decade. This reversed a trend toward growing political apathy. The UK also saw a marked increase in membership of political parties. As a result, Britain’s democracy score has gone up from 8.31 (out of ten) in 2015 to 8.36 this year, placing it 16th among the “full democracies.”