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Political participation cannot simply be measured in terms of electoral turnout. Discuss

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"Political participation cannot simply be measured in terms of electoral turnout". Discuss Political participation cannot simply be measured in terms of electoral turnout is true to some extent. Despite elections being a major way in which people participate in politics, political participation collectively refers to the range of ways in which citizens can involve themselves in the political process. There are various forms of political participation present in the UK with voting in an election is the most usual form of political participation. However, there are many different forms of non-electoral participation. ...read more.

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The sharp decline in more traditional methods of political participation such as electoral turnout and party membership in the last 30 years has been matched by the steep rise in pressure group membership. In 2009 for example the Royal society for the Protection of Birds had more than twice as many members as the three main UK political parties combined. This strongly demonstrates that political participation cannot be measured simply in terms of electoral turnout as it shows that the UK still has a politically engaged electorate albeit not in the traditional sense. ...read more.

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This demonstrates that political participation cannot simply be measured in terms of electoral turnout as the low turnout figures for young people at the 2010 general election, only 44% of eligible voters in the 18-24 age category voted, appear to demonstrate that young people are not politically engaged. However, this direct action of thousands of students shows that young people are participating in politics. Therefore, it appears that political participation cannot simply be measured in terms of electoral turnout as the low turnouts in the 2005 (61.4%) and 2010 (65.1%) elections seem to indicate an electorate that is not involved. However, the rise of protest politics such as over fox hunting and government cuts demonstrate the need to measure political participation in less conventional forms. ...read more.

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