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Thomas Edsell from Columbia University discusses some of the factors affecting political engagement in the US.
The December 2014 national election in Japan had the lowest voter turnout on record, with over 30 million more abstentions than 2009.
Charles Lane of the Washington Post highlights research that shows more frequent elections reduces voter turnout.
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.
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.
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.
The New York Times reviews how and why 2014 mid-term elections in the US resulted in the lowest voter turnout in seven decades.
Figures released by the European Parliament show EU elections in 2014 attracted lowest-ever voter participation.
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