What is the "Democratic Deficit"?


This term is closely related to the term ‘democratic disconnect’ but is used more to describe shortfalls in key attributes of democratic systems. These include shortfalls perceived by citizens in the performance and accountability of their elected representatives, poor responsiveness of democratic systems to the concerns of citizens, as well as shortfalls in the transparency and inclusiveness of important policy-making processes.


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