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To what extent is there a democratic deficit in the UK?

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´╗┐To what extent is there a democratic deficit in the UK? [25] A democratic deficit is, literally, a lack of democracy, and that the electorates opinions are not expressed through Parliament. Although the UK is considered to be, on the surface, a wholly democratic nation, there is some dispute to the extent to how democratic it really is. Some argue that the UK is not democratic ? one of the reasons being the increase of a participation crisis over the last decade. Participation crisis is when political apathy is so high that election turnouts drop very low. There are several trends that have become worrying. Firstly, in both the 2005 and the 2010 general elections, the lowest turnouts were had since 1918. Secondly, in the Police Commissioner election, the turnout was 16%. ...read more.


have their own lives to be getting on with, and are individualistic, and more concerned about their family and friends than the political state of the UK. People also argue that there is little political education. Schools fail to provide basic political knowledge until A Level, and even then not all students opt to choose it. After compulsory education, there are little government-funded, non-biased campaigns ? why would the government publish material that goes against them? Because of the lack of political education, this contributes to the participation crisis, which, in turn, contributes to the democratic deficit. However, if the public wished to know more about the political parties and the UK?s political system, all the information is freely available and accessible on the internet. There is also an argument that there are unelected institutions in politics. ...read more.


However, this system allows MPs to represent the interests of their local area, which would be overlooked in other voting systems. A counter argument to this, however, is that MPs are restricted by their own parties. This is only a small point, though. However, FPtP produces strong governments that can make strong decisions that a party without a majority couldn?t, meaning that the UK is able to have drastic changes made for the good of itself in a few days, which would have taken years in another system In conclusion, I believe that the UK is not suffering a democratic deficit ? it has its problems, yes, but what country doesn?t? While FPtP is considered inequitable, there was a referendum to introduce a different system in 2011, and the outcome was a ?No?. And elections are, all in all, free and fair ? the public?s voice is heard, be it through general elections, referendums or even pressure groups. ...read more.

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