Is The Contemporary Crisis Participation For Traditional Forms Of Political Participation? Essay

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A crisis in participation can be defined as a serious situation in which there has been a drop in, or lack of citizens engaging in political activities designed to influence government decision making. In this essay, I will demonstrate how there is a contemporary crisis in participation in traditional forms of political participation. This is however more significant amongst young and unskilled groups. I will show how there is an increase in participation in more informal methods of participation as social norms evolve, and how this reduces the extent to which there is a crisis. There is a trend of falling electoral turnout in a variety of established democracies. The percentage turnout at UK General Elections as a proportion of the electorate has declined from 72.8% in 1945 to 66.1% in 2015. (UK Political Info) In April 2011, parliamentary registers were 82.3% complete, compared to 1950s and 60s registers which were found to be 96% complete. (Electoral Commission, 2011) This highlights an even more significant crisis in participation as the register is shrinking along with the percentage of the register which is voting. The decline in EU average turnout in European Parliamentary elections from 61.99% in 1979 to 42.61% in 2014 (UK Political Info) shows how there is a serious crisis in participation as this is at such a low level, the European Parliament cannot be sufficiently held to account. This also emphasises the widespread nature of the crisis across many European

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