15th May 2006
POWER REPORT AIMS TO TACKLE VOTER APATHY
behind research into a major new report into democracy in the
Inquiry was set up in 2004 by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust to explore
how political participation and involvement can be increased and deepened in the
The inquiry was set up to understand why popular participation and involvement in formal politics has declined and to provide concrete and innovative proposals to reverse the trend.
The presentation will be given to project managers working on the ‘Active Learning for Active Citizenship’ programme in the Vice Chancellor’s Annexe in the university’s main academic building at Brayford Pool.
The report finds that political disengagement is not caused by an apathetic public with a weak sense of civic duty, economic and political contentment, the supposedly low calibre of politicians, the lack of competitive elections or negative news media.
Instead it concludes that citizens do not feel that the processes of formal democracy
offer them enough influence over political and that the main political parties are widely perceived to be too similar and lacking in principle.
The report’s recommendations are based on three major shifts in political
practice: a rebalancing of power away from the executive and unaccountable bodies towards Parliament and local government; the introduction of greater responsiveness and choice into the electoral and party systems; and allowing citizens a much more direct and focused say over political decisions and policies.
For more information or to arrange an interview with Adam Lent contact:
Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager
01522 886042 firstname.lastname@example.org
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