Democracy Index 2013 Application on Finland
The 32nd President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, once said: “Democracy alone, of all forms of government, enlists the full force of men's enlightened will.” However, that enlightened will for which Roosevelt is talking, is still nowadays missing in a wide array of non-democratic countries and of democracies struggling with serious flaws that undermine the very nature of this enlightened will. In order to improve our democratic government and stimulate them to better serve the interest and well-being of their citizens, we should have a reliable and justifiable index that measures democracy. However, it should go beyond the minimalist approach various measuring democracy indexes have the tendency to adopt.
The aim this essay is to first and foremost apply the Economist Intelligence Unit and its Democracy Index 2013 to Finland and observe to what extent it could be applied in the unique case of Finland. It would also analyze thoroughly the specifics of the index and its plausibility in general. In order to provide an objective argumentation on the quality of the index, it would further examine its performance compared to other indexes used for measuring democracy, to be more precise – Polity and Freedom House. What it would also suggest is a change in the definition provided by the EIU Index on their classification of four types of regimes. Due to a major disagreement with the formulation of the fist regime as countries described as “full democracies”, it would recommend a more suitably formulated title.
To begin with, if there is no universal definition adopted for democracy so far, then should one expect that such could be found alternatively when it comes to how to measure it? However, the answer to that question is negative as we could hardly measure something, if we do not have a common agreement on what actually constitutes that something. The alternatives would widely...