May 30, 2014

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

Opinion
December 17, 2014

The December 2014 national election in Japan had the lowest voter turnout on record, with over 30 million more abstentions than 2009.

News
June 10, 2015

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

Opinion
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
June 1, 2005

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. 

Academic
November 18, 2013

Phillip Coggan from The Economist argues Western democracy is under threat from political extremism and voter distrust of major parties.

Opinion
February 10, 2014

Preston Manning and Andre Turcotte write in The Globe and Mail that Canada's political parties are failing to engage with voters on a range of pressing policy issues. 

Opinion
November 11, 2014

The New York Times reviews how and why 2014 mid-term elections in the US resulted in the lowest voter turnout in seven decades.

Opinion
August 7, 2014

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

News

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