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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 […]

Age significantly impacts on the choices that voters make at elections

The current Coalition Government has notably protected the benefits and pensions enjoyed by older people, with political considerations likely key in its thinking. James Tilley argues that ageing as a psychological process entails a gradual gravitation towards parties that defend the status quo, which suggests that it is the Conservatives who are likely to benefit politically from Britain’s ‘ageing society’.  This article was originally […]

February 1st, 2014|Democratic Audit|0 Comments|

Reforms to our social and political institutions could go a considerable way toward reviving declining levels of participation

There has been a striking link between falling voter turnout and declining confidence in politicians as a group. Sarah Birch advocates reforms designed to change popular engagement with politics, such as allowing 16 year-olds to vote, a more robust citizenship education programme, and making voting compulsory for first-time voters.  Political inclusion is the essence of democracy. The ideal of inclusiveness is […]

Election 2015: ‘Don’t vote, it just encourages the b**tards’

Public attitudes to political institutions, political processes, and politicians have become increasingly negative. What is to be done? Matthew Flinders writes that a radical option involves engaging with the public to solve pressing political issues. Without a whistle or a bang from a starter’s gun, the 2015 general election campaign is now well under way. Labour’s proposed freeze on energy prices […]

December 5th, 2013|Matthew Flinders|1 Comment|

Book Review: The Gendered Effects of Electoral Institutions: Political Engagement and Participation

An increasing awareness of the under-representation of women in parliaments and business has gone hand in hand with increasing debate about gender quotas as a means of rectifying this situation. However, questions persist about their efficacy. The Gendered Effects of Electoral Institutions offers a detailed empirical contribution to this debate. Linnea Sandström Lange finds value in the book, though cautions that it should be […]

Despite the problems that have beset the elections for Police and Crime Commissioners we must still take them seriously

The criticism of the Police and Crime Commissioner reforms has been lengthy and varied. This week’s elections finally end the tripartite governance structure and replace it with an untested and far from popular new system focused on a single locally elected individual. Despite all the problems and the shortcomings, Tim Newburn argues that the issues involved are too important for […]

Electing Police and Crime Commissioners – an important milestone in expanding control by elected representatives? Or a disaster in the making?

An encouraging opinion poll this weekend suggests that turnout in this Thursday’s Police Commissioner elections may be only slightly lower than in local elections, whereas other informed estimates have been below 10%. Patrick Dunleavy explains that this is the first time the Supplementary Vote will be used across England and Wales, but criticizes the low level of effort by the […]

Changes to electoral registration procedures may have significant implications for registration levels and electoral outcomes

Registering to vote must be simple and convenient. New research by Toby S. James shows that individual electoral registration, by itself, will lead to a decline in registration levels. The government can do more in the Electoral Registration and Administration Bill to improve levels of registration. In the 1980s American academics Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward, alongside the organisation Human SERVE, campaigned […]

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