why has there been a decline in political participation

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  • Why has there been a decline in participation?
    • The differences between parties have narrowed, the big issues have been won eg. NHS and nuclear weapons. The big struggles have been fought eg. women's rights, welfare state.
    • General satisfaction with general conduct of affairs.
    • Fewer than 450,000 people are members of political parties.
    • Media coverage is often critical and influences public opinion.
      • Politicians have scored some spectacular own goals in recent years
        • Eg, cash for questions, expenses.
    • Alienation, parties don't represent their views, they have nothing to offer them.
  • Media coverage is often critical and influences public opinion.
    • Politicians have scored some spectacular own goals in recent years
      • Eg, cash for questions, expenses.

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