According to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2010 “Democracy Index”, the United states ranks 17th out of 26 “Full Democracies” (EIU). The findings of this study point to a trend of declining American democracy in recent years. Indeed, this phenomenon is not unique to America: “the rollback in democracy is part of an underlying trend that has been evident for some time, but has strengthened. Between 2006 (the year of the first issue of the index) and 2008 there was stagnation; over the past two years, between 2008 and 2010, there has been outright decline” (EIU).
What is the connection between this trend and the global protest movements?