What is the "Democratic Disconnect"?


This term has been used frequently in recent years to describe the growing distance and disinterest between citizens on the one hand, and their elected representatives on the other. More broadly, it refers to the growing ‘disconnect’ between citizens of Western democracies and the broader political system.

This disconnect is expressed in low voter turnouts, falling membership of political parties and increasing distrust in elected leaders.


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