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In what ways has political participation in the UK declined in recent years?

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´╗┐High political participation is a key requirement in terms of democracy. If a Government has not been voted in by a high voter turnout, this decreases the Governments legitimacy, and in turn does not produce a strong and stable Government. There are many reasons as to why political participation has declined within recent years. The first way would be in terms of voter turnout. In 1983, the voter turnout was 72.7% nearly as low as the lowest percentage of 72% in 1970, the lowest since 1945. ...read more.

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Although the political party (Conservatives coalition with the Lib Dems) gained a ?majority? this may not have been the case if ALL of the population who were eligible to vote, voted. Another way political participation had declined is through the lack of party membership. There has been a major decline in party membership post the war period, 2010 figures show that only 1% of the electorate are a member of Labour, Lib Dems, or the Conservatives. ...read more.

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A third way in which political participation has declined is through partisan dealignment. This means that the electorate are no longer ?attached? to one particular party. This suggests that voters have become less interested in political parties main ideologies and more judgemental of candidates. A way in which partisan dealignment may have occurred is through the growing use and widespread media, criticism of candidates and scandals thrust into the limelight, for example, the Labour expenses scandal. This has decreased political participation greatly as voters are delusional with politics, and are not correctly informed. ...read more.

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