Are democracies working?

Published: Monday, May 20 2013 12:30 p.m. MDT

Are democracies around the world facing a crisis of legitimacy? At the Washington Post, E.J. Dionne certainly thinks so, and he brings the research to backup his claim. “We know American politics are dysfunctional. But after a week of scandal obsession during which the nation’s capital and the media virtually ignored the problems most voters care about — jobs, incomes, growth, opportunity, education — it’s worth asking if there is something especially flawed about our democracy.”

It’s not just America that is facing this question of course, there are plenty of democracies in the world, but they all seem to be experiencing the same type of ennui with their democratic systems. “Across most of the democratic world, there is an impatience bordering on exhaustion with electoral systems and political classes.”

To be sure, this is just an opinion, but it brings up some worthy points of argument about the state of democratic goverments in the world today, such as the fact “that zero percent — yes, zero percent — of workers in Germany believe they can have a significant impact on how policy in Germany is shaped via the ballot box.”

Freeman Stevenson is a Snow College grad and is the DeseretNews.com opinion intern. Reach me at fstevenson@deseretdigital or @freemandesnews

Read more about democracy in trouble on the Washington Post.

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