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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.
Citizen disconnect takes hold in major Western countries, according to report by international think-tank Transatlanic Academy.
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance presents detailed voter turnout figures in democracies since 1945.
The University of Melbourne's Sally Young argues the reasons Australians vote the way they do, or fail to vote at all, are becoming more complex.
A report by the British House of Commons states that low voter registration and turnout is approaching a 'crisis'.
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