Evaluate the extent to which the UK is in the midst of a 'Participation Crisis'

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  • Evaluate the extent to which the UK is in the midst of a 'Participation Crisis'
    • Intro
      • This essay will attempt to show that there is no participation crisis.
      • 'Participation Crisis' - A large proportion of the population do not engage with the political process.
    • Para 3
      • There are different ways to measure such as Pressure groups
        • Environmental pressure groups are up
    • Para 1
      • Turnout is recovering
        • 2017 had the highest turnout since Thatcher won her first in 1979
          • 2017 turnout 69% - 1979 turnout 71%. 59% 2001 for Blair
        • Refurendums
          • Brexit had72.2%
          • Scottish independance had  84.6%
      • 30% of the population are still not voting
      • Could just have been hapathy in the government at the turn of the century that led to such low turnout. Now the government is less popular, more people turn out
    • Para 2
      • Party membership is down overall
        • Torys down, UKIP down
          • UKIP had around 23,600 members, compared to more than 34,300 reported in December 2016.
          • In 2010, the Conservative Party had about 177,000 members  and in 2013 membership was estimated at 134,000
      • Labour and Greens up
        • In 2015, the Green Party claimed that membership had risen to 43,829 members, surpassing UKIP's membership of 41,966, making it the third-largest UK-wide political party in the UK in terms of membership
        • In August 2015, the Labour Party had 292,505 full members.  As of December 2017, the party had approximately 552,000 full members, making it the largest political party in Western Europe
      • Some parties are on the up so there is no participation crisis
    • Conclusion
    • Para 4


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