January 2019

Turnout: 2016 EU Referendum

Turnout: 2016 EU Referendum – The 2016 UK referendum on membership of the European Union saw a huge overall turnout of 72.2% – higher than the 2017 General Election!

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It’s 2019!

Democracy Counts –  It’s a short Friday blog today: we’re getting our geographies in order, writing HR contracts for new people (woohoo!) and making Wiki Candidates better. Or Candidates Wiki. Can’t remember. It’s also time to open door 118 on your Local Elections Advent Calendar 2019 (available in all good democracy shops) — we outline the road […]

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Has the gender gap in voter turnout really disappeared?

Democratic Audit UK: While the gender gap in electoral representation is widely acknowledged, it is often assumed that there is no equivalent underrepresentation of women in voter turnout. However, Filip Kostelka, André Blais and Elisabeth Gidengil find that, while women vote in equal numbers in first-order national elections, less high-profile local and supranational elections still see a disparity in turnout between men and women, […]

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Five New Year’s resolutions ministers should be signing up to

Electoral Reform Society: If 2018 has shown us anything, it’s that the debates over the state of our democracy are as crucial as ever. From the Cambridge Analytica scandal to the controversial ID trials at the local elections, the question of how the voices of voters are heard, used and interpreted by the powerful has been […]

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Review of the year: Democracy in 2018

Democratic Audit UK: We have reached the end of the year without a UK general election or referendum, but 2018 has been one of the most eventful, crisis-riven years in UK democracy (since the last one). Meanwhile, globally democracy seems under threat even in established liberal democracies. Below is a selection of our articles from throughout […]

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