Democracy and Participation Keywords

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What is Participation crisis?
The view that declining levels of political participation in the UK threaten to undermine its democratic systems.
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What is POWER inquiry?
An inquiry into the state of political participation in the UK. The reports main conclusion was that the popular disillusionment with democratic institutions and the main political parties demanded immediate attention.
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What is Political apathy?
A state of passivity or indifference towards political institutions and their associated processes, linked to the decline in political participation.
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What is Canvassing?
Where local party activists go from door to door in an effort to assess (i.e. canvass) the strength of support and win over floating voters.
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What is a Franchise?
The franchise is the right to vote as established by parliamentary statue. The vast majority of adult UK citizens have a right to vote. Exceptions include current members of the House of Lords, those convicted of offences relating to elections.
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What is Political Participation?
Collectively refers to the range of ways in which citizens can involve themselves in the political process.
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What is a Turnout?
The percentage of registered voters who cast a ballot in a given election.
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What is Initiative?
A process by which citizens can call a referendum, normally by collecting a predetermined number of signatures on a petition.
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What is a Recall?
A device that allows citizens to unseat an elected official before the end of their term in office.
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What is a Referendum?
A vote on a single issue put to a public ballot by the government of the day. Referendums offer a degree of direct democracy, framed as a 'YES/NO' question. They are rarely used in the UK but are employed more widely across the world.
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What is Direct democracy?
Where citizens are given a direct input into the decision-making process.
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Representative democracy?
Where citizens elect representatives to formulate legislation and take other decisions on their belief.
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Liberal Democracy?
A style of democracy incorporating free and fair elections with a belief in the importance of certain key rights and responsibilities.
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