Under Bush, the US has taken upon itself to bring democracy to other countries. However, as the Economist Intelligence Unit’s index of democracy [pdf] shows, the US ranks fairly badly as a democracy itself, coming in 17th worldwide. Evaluated based on electoral process & pluralism, functioning of government, political participation, political culture, and civil liberties, the top fifteen are:
- New Zealand
The other major partner in the “war on terror”, the UK, is ranked 23rd.
Should someone perhaps be talking to those crazy Nordic countries before exporting “democracy”?