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Is Democracy Failing?

Will democracy continue to drop in popularity?

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A recent study revealed that a growing number of citizens living in western nations are becoming dissatisfied with their democratic governments. But why is this the case?

What is Democracy?

A democracy can be best defined as a governmental system in which the people have the power to choose how they are governed. There are several different types of democracies, but in this day and age, the most common is representative democracy.

In contrast, countries like Saudi Arabia and North Korea are run by a king or dictator. These are societies in which citizens are not free to choose who runs their governments, and they are not even allowed to criticize the people in charge.

Why are People Losing Faith in their Democratic Governments?

A recent poll revealed that the number of citizens living in countries with democratic governments has grown increasingly “dissatisfied” with the people responsible for running their nations. These figures are particularly high in developed in western societies. The number of dissatisfied individuals has increased from one-third of the population to half over a 25-year period.

One of the reasons people living in these countries have grown unhappy might be that they believe things are not changing for the better regardless of who is elected to positions of power. The perception is that no matter who they allow to be in positions of power, things are handled as ineffectively as the people who came before them.

Perhaps the growing dissatisfaction with democratic governments is what resulted in the elections of people like President Donald Trump, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The U.K., in particular, is an interesting example with their recent decision to break away from the European Union.

In democratic governments, it seems inevitable that times such as these would pass. Sometimes the election of outsiders might shake things up enough to affect real change — sometimes for the better, other times for the worse.

Jeff Charles

Race Relations & Media Affairs Correspondent at and A self-confessed news and political junkie, Jeff’s writing has been featured in Small Business Trends, Business2Community, and The Huffington Post. Born in Southern California and having experienced the 1992 L.A. Riots up close and personal, Jeff’s insights are informed by his experiences as a black man and a conservative.

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