Individual electoral registration may further marginalise voters from ethnic minorities

Individual electoral registration may further marginalise voters from ethnic minorities

The participation of ethnic minority groups in elections is vital, as these groups face multiple disadvantages often as a result of their new arrival status, and may also be victims of racial prejudice and discrimination. In the UK, however, ethnic minorities are significantly under-registered to vote. Dr Maria Sobolewska and Professor Anthony Heath argue that the main reasons […]

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Economic democracy isn’t just desirable – it is achievable

Economic democracy isn’t just desirable – it is achievable

In a talk given at TEDxEastEnd, the campaigner and activist Peter Tatchell gave a talk on economic democracy. He argued that the democratisation of our economy is not only desirable, it is practically achievable, and suggested a number of steps, including greater democratic participation in economic and financial decision making, that could help us bring it about.  […]

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The class, race and age of activists in Brazilian social movements is becoming more diverse

The class, race and age of activists in Brazilian social movements is becoming more diverse

Social movements have become increasingly important form of participation in democracy, beyond the traditional means of joining political parties and fighting elections. This is evident in Brazil, where large street protests on a number of issues have featured people from a range of backgrounds. In this audio interview, Cheryl Brumley spoke to Marilia Pontes Esposito and Raquel Sousa […]

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Beyond the Youth Citizenship Commission: Young People and Politics

Beyond the Youth Citizenship Commission: Young People and Politics

Gordon Brown established the Youth Citizenship Commission in 2008 to investigate how to increase the involvement of young people in British democracy. Although recommendations were taken forward by the previous government,  youth disengagement remains a problem. In the first of a new series on Democratic Audit, Jonathan Tonge and Andy Mycock introduce a set of proposals […]

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Voting for the winning party makes people happier with democracy, especially if the winning party is highly preferred

Voting for the winning party makes people happier with democracy, especially if the winning party is highly preferred

It is well established that voters are more likely to think highly of their political systems when they produce the outcomes that they wish to see, but what of those voters who, for a number of reasons, do not vote for their favoured party? Shane Singh shows that  these voters are less likely to share in this […]

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Tailored devolution would bring tangible benefits to cities and improve the quality of local governance

Tailored devolution would bring tangible benefits to cities and improve the quality of local governance

Local government boundaries very rarely correlate well with local economies, meaning that some authorities are at the mercy of political forces beyond their control. Discussing a new Centre for Cities report, Zach Wilcox argues that different local authorities can better work together by fostering formal collaborations like combined authorities, as well as through other less formal ways of […]

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Beppe Grillo’s ‘Five Star’ movement shows the probable limitations of the internet as a replacement for politics

Beppe Grillo’s ‘Five Star’ movement shows the probable limitations of the internet as a replacement for politics

In a recent post, the RSA’s Adam Lent argued that politics could learn from the internet in order to stem the tide of political apathy and disengagement. But can (and perhaps more importantly, should) politics actually be more like the internet? Democratic Audit’s co-Director Jonathan Hopkin argues that events in Italy show that it is much […]

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Attempts to measure UK influence within the EU are admirable, but it is questionable whether they really influence the public debate

Attempts to measure UK influence within the EU are admirable, but it is questionable whether they really influence the public debate

UK citizens are traditionally considered to have an uneasy relationship with Europe. Prompted by the growing debate around the upcoming European elections, Giulia Pastorella reviews the 2014 Scorecard published by the pro-EU pressure group British Influence, which aims to provide an objective assessment of the British government’s influence in the EU. She writes that while this and […]

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The demonisation of immigration and multiculturalism can only limit Britain’s ability to develop as a cohesive and inclusive society

The demonisation of immigration and multiculturalism can only limit Britain’s ability to develop as a cohesive and inclusive society

The government’s anti-immigration rhetoric is currently stronger than ever and the value of multiculturalism is increasingly challenged. Eleni Andreouli writes that instead of protecting social cohesion, this stigmatisation of migrants leads to misrecognition and heightened intergroup tensions. Similar PostsAn independent Scotland may find it impossible to pursue a more liberal immigration policyOur politicians must stop scapegoating the […]

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Outsourcing companies are taxpayer funded but are only rarely submitted to the scrutiny of Freedom of Information

Outsourcing companies are taxpayer funded but are only rarely submitted to the scrutiny of Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act was introduced in 2000 has made certain Government information available to those members of the public who ask for it. Due to the increased drive towards outsourcing government services to private companies, there is a concern that huge swathes of Government work are now beyond the reach of FOI. While […]

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