I recently came across an article from the Economist regarding the democratic index. This index ranked Portugal as the 22nd most democratic country in the world and is considered a full democracy, while the U.S. was ranked at 25th and considered a flawed democracy (this rank sounded to high to me). I shared this information with someone living in Portugal who is more well informed on the topic. She shared with me a more thorough report called the V-Dem report which had some very different results. Portugal ranked 6th, neighboring Spain in 8th, the U.S. in 28th, and the U.K. in 12th.
I found this information quite interesting and I would find it fascinating to hear a political comparison and contrasts between the U.S. and Portugal. I’ve found countless vlogs, podcasts, and materials explaining Spain’s government, politics, and how it compares to the U.S. but I, unfortunately, have had little to no luck on finding similar content regarding Portugal.
Speaking of Spain, I noticed that Spain ranked 18th on the democratic index for 2020 and 8th on the V-Dem report. I was shocked after all of the political scandals, the tension between parties, and the corruption I read about.
I do believe it’s important for Americans to understand how the Portuguese governments function, the political field they will integrate into and how these differ from what we are accustomed to back in the states. I would love to hear well-informed person's input on the political field, governmental structure, and thoughts on this topic in Portugal.
I've attached both the https://www.v-dem.net/en/analysis/PanDem/ report and the https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2020/01/22/global-democracy-has-another-bad-year Economist’s report.