A major new UK politics teaching and learning resource
Our fourth complete Audit of democracy in the UK was published in July 2012 and launched via exclusive coverage in The Guardian newspaper.
The Audit brings together a vast amount of research and data to provide a comprehensive assessment of democracy in the UK, how it is changing, and how it compares to other OECD and EU countries.
The Audit is built around a sophisticated framework originally designed by Professor David Beetham and since developed by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA). It provides detailed answers to 75 'search questions' dealing with all the key aspects of the UK political system, ranging from the operation of the electoral system to levels of civic participation and the extent of media concentration.
By evaluating changes since the last Audit was published in 2002, we identify 74 areas of democratic improvement in the UK although these are counterbalanced by over 150 areas of concern, many of them long-standing.
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