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The New York Times reviews how and why 2014 mid-term elections in the US resulted in the lowest voter turnout in seven decades.
Harvard University's Peter Hall reviews the book Democratic Decline and Democratic Renewal by Ian Marsh and Raymond Miller.
The December 2014 national election in Japan had the lowest voter turnout on record, with over 30 million more abstentions than 2009.
Figures released by the European Parliament show EU elections in 2014 attracted lowest-ever voter participation.
Jeffrey Lax and Justin Phillips from Columbia University argue US state-elected representatives often ignore majority public opinion, opting instead for the party line.
The University of Melbourne's Mark Triffitt argues democracy is in crisis.
A national survey in Canada by democracy think-tank Samara finds only 55% of voters believe democracy is working well there, down from 75% in 2004.
A report by the UK's Electoral Reform Society highlights the growing disconnect between EU and UK citizens and offers a range of ways to boost citizen engagement.
Democracy requires active participation by all citizens, including those with disabilities, writes Catherine Needham of the University of Birmingham.
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