Citizen Disengagement

Citizen disengagement and disillusionment with mainstream politics, the so-called ‘democratic disconnect’, is highlighted by declining trust in political leadership and parties, falling turnouts at elections and a common view that politics and policy making is disconnected from ordinary people.

February 1, 2015

International democracy think-tank Freedom House highlights 'disturbing declines' in democratic freedoms globally in its annual 2015 democracy survey. 

Report
January 1, 2015

Larry Diamond from Stanford University analyses the 'democratic recession' over the last decade.

Academic
April 23, 2015

Benjamin Moffitt of Stockholm University examines the rise of left-wing populism in Europe and argues that populism has both democratic and anti-democratic tendencies.

Opinion
April 1, 2012

The IPU and the UN have produced the Global Parliamentary Report, a comprehensive look at the relations between parliaments and citizens.

Report
August 21, 2015

More Americans than ever are disillusioned with the two major parties, according to a survey by the Pew Research Centre.

Statistics
September 14, 2011

In a report by Canadian democracy think-tank Samara, outgoing politicians in Canada say democracy can be improved if elected representatives find new ways to engage with citizens. 

Report
January 1, 2011

Jeffrey Lax and Justin Phillips from Columbia University argue US state-elected representatives often ignore majority public opinion, opting instead for the party line.

Academic
May 10, 2015

Luca Belgiorno-Nettis, founder of democracy think-tank newDemocracy, writes in The Sydney Morning Herald that democracy needs to revamp itself by rediscovering the collaborative 'power of the people'.

Opinion
December 1, 2013

Members of Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, and Kilkenny County Council present an experimental model for citizen deliberation.

Academic

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