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This term describes the growing distance and disinterest between citizens and their elected representatives.
A 2012 survey by The Lowy Institute finds less than 40% of young Australians think democracy is a good thing.
The Economist's annual survey on democracy's health across the world finds all is far from well.
A study by Peter Mair for the University of California's Centre for the Study of Democracy shows that in Western European democracies key indicators of the system's health have dropped markedly since the 1990s.
Phillip Coggan from The Economist argues Western democracy is under threat from political extremism and voter distrust of major parties.
Citizen disconnect takes hold in major Western countries, according to report by international think-tank Transatlanic Academy.
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.
Richard Cooke from The Monthly unpacks the growing disconnect between citizens and political parties in Australia.
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.
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Date created: 16 September 2014
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