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.

November 11, 2015

The University of Melbourne's Bill Harley argues workers are no more able to control their workplaces than they've ever been.

Opinion
August 7, 2014

Figures released by the European Parliament show EU elections in 2014 attracted lowest-ever voter participation. 

News
August 21, 2006

Stephen Coleman from Oxford University argues traditional forms of liberal democracy are struggling to engage with a digital world dominated by ‘networks’.

Academic
April 13, 2015

The Swinburne Leadership Survey examines the trustworthiness and competence of Australian leaders.

Report
June 5, 2013

Der Speigel's Mathieu von Rohr argues France is experiencing a democratic malaise due to a chronic lack of political leadership.

News
August 9, 2015

Democracy requires active participation by all citizens, including those with disabilities, writes Catherine Needham of the University of Birmingham.

Academic
November 2, 2015

Mark Chou, Catherine Hartung and Jean-Paul Gagnon argue that lowering the voting age to 16 is just one step in addressing the growing disconnect between politicians and young people.

Opinion
May 2, 2013

Citizen disconnect takes hold in major Western countries, according to report by international think-tank Transatlanic Academy.

Report
April 21, 2015

Research by Simon Hix of the London School of Economics has led to changes in how European Parliament members are chosen, their votes recorded, and has impacted the debate on how the President of the European Commission is chosen.

Academic

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