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.

January 18, 2008

Research in the American Journal of Political Science finds that rising inequality decreases political engagement by less affluent citizens.

Academic
September 13, 2015

The University of Melbourne's Nicholas Reece warns mainstream parties to beware of populist leadership contenders.
 

Opinion
May 2, 2013

Citizen withdrawal from democracy in the US and Canada creates a self-perpetuating cycle writes David Cameron for the German Marshall Fund of the United States. 

Opinion
December 18, 2014

A report by the UK's Electoral Reform Society argues that political parties need to modernise their structures, become less elitist and engage more proactively with citizens.

Report
June 3, 2013

In a 2013 report, the UK House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee recommends greater public engagement with policy-making.

Report
June 10, 2015

Charles Lane of the Washington Post highlights research that shows more frequent elections reduces voter turnout.

Opinion
September 14, 2015

George Washington University's Henry Farrell argues that Corbyn's rise reflects a broader problem with political parties.

Opinion
July 14, 2011

Rob Hoffman from Swinburne University finds that 20% of eligible voters are not participating in Australian elections. 

Academic
April 8, 2014

Chris Berg from the Institute of Public Affairs argues that the rise of micro-parties in Australia shows dissatisfaction with the major parties.

Opinion

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