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.

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
May 30, 2014

Thomas Edsell from Columbia University discusses some of the factors affecting political engagement in the US.

Opinion
July 1, 2013

Higher levels of economic inequality lead to weaker representation of the less affluent, finds research by the University of Lausanne, the University of Mannheim and the University of Berne.

Academic
October 12, 2015

Maxine McKew, Vice Chancellor's Fellow, University of Melbourne, argues the new Prime Minister may be able to restore faith in Australian democracy.

Opinion

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