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    Low voter turnout is clearly a problem, but a much greater worry is the growing inequality of that turnout

Low voter turnout is clearly a problem, but a much greater worry is the growing inequality of that turnout

The UK is very much a ‘divided democracy’, with electoral participation among the young and the poor declining dramatically. This political estrangement will not be curtailed by quick fixes or technological solutions. We should be looking to adopt a fundamentally deeper, richer and more creative approach to democratic engagement. In particular, we need a long-term plan for fostering political […]

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    Rising inequality and the need for a divorce between democracy and capitalist interests

Rising inequality and the need for a divorce between democracy and capitalist interests

As dividends paid to shareholders reach a new record, average wages for ordinary citizens continue to suffer. Bart Cammaerts argues that the outlandish wages paid to executives in the private as well as public sector are to the detriment of incomes of the vast majority of people who work for a living or are dependent on welfare. What this signifies is that […]

Explaining democratic disaffection: Closing the expectations gap

Has political science generally failed to fulfill its broader social responsibilities in terms of cultivating political understanding and stimulating engaged citizenship? asks Matt Flinders. The increasing evidence of political disaffection stems from the existence of an ever-increasing “expectations gap” between what is promised/expected and what can realistically be achieved/delivered by politicians and democratic states. If the twentieth century witnessed “the […]

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Book Review: Democratic Decline and Democratic Renewal: Political Change in Britain, Australia and New Zealand by Ian Marsh and Raymond Miller

In Democratic Decline and Democratic Renewal, Ian Marsh and Raymond Miller link the decreasing quality of democracy to the failings of political parties. This detailed study of the politics of the UK, Australia and New Zealand is an ambitious attempt both to document decline and to reverse the trend, finds Jack Simson Caird, who is impressed by the authors’ proposals to enhance the role […]

Fahrenheit 404: Party attitudes to web archiving are a worrying sign for digital-era democracy

Last month saw a spate of “cyber-revisionism” by both Labour and the Tories as the parties attempted to erase archived material from their websites and, in the Conservative case, from the wider web. To Josh Cowls and Mor Rubenstein this revelation is just another particularly pronounced example of the actual experience of political parties on the internet falling far from the original […]

Feral politics: searching for meaning in the 21st century

At the end of the party conference season, Matthew Flinders reflects on a ‘depressing display of the death of politics’, arguing that the parties failed to promote new ideas and offer fresh choices. He finds parallels in George Monbiot’s recent work on responding to ecological decline, and wonders whether ‘re-wilding’ politics could save the democratic ecosystem. Feral: ‘In a wild state, especially […]

Despite Cameron’s defeat on intervening in Syria, Parliament actually has relatively weak war powers compared to legislatures in other democracies

Last night, in a highly unusual move, the House of Commons voted against the UK’s intervention with military force in the on-going conflict in Syria, the first time a prime minister has lost a vote on military action since 1782. As part of Democratic Audit’s 2012 audit of UK democracy, Stuart Wilks-Heeg, Andrew Blick, and Stephen Crone considered Parliament’s powers in this area. Although Parliament has […]

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