Windows on the World — June 24, 2018
A recent and comprehensive survey has discovered that Democracy or the illusion of it may be a thing of the past.
The Democracy Perception Index (DPI) finds a majority of people around the world feel like they have no voice in politics and that their governments are not acting in their interest (51% and 58% respectively).
In particular, they have little faith that their government is formed “by the people” and works “for the people”. Perhaps most surprisingly, this public disillusionment is higher in democracies than in non-democracies.
Almost two thirds (64%) of people living in democracies think their government “rarely” or “never” acts in the interest of the public, compared with 41% of people living in non-democracies.