European thinktank adds US to list of “backsliding” democracies for first time

Source: CBS News

“The United States has joined an annual list of ‘backsliding’ democracies for the first time, the International IDEA think-tank said on Monday, pointing to a ‘visible deterioration’ that it said began in 2019. Globally, more than one in four people live in a backsliding democracy, a proportion that rises to more than two in three with the addition of authoritarian or ‘hybrid’ regimes, according to the Stockholm-based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance. … ‘The United States is a high-performing democracy, and even improved its performance in indicators of impartial administration (corruption and predictable enforcement) in 2020. However, the declines in civil liberties and checks on government indicate that there are serious problems with the fundamentals of democracy,’ Alexander Hudson, a co-author of the report, told AFP.” (11/22/21)