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Information and democracy: the weakening of social democracy: Frank Webster

ByFRANK WEBSTER

A starting point of this approach is the shortcomings of actually existing democracies. There is widespread concern about a ‘democratic deficit’ in the mature democracies. In such countries, democracy appears fully established: citizens have long had the vote, there are well-established procedures for conducting elections and there are multiple channels for political debate. Yet not all is well: voter turnout is low even at national elections, membership of political parties has plummeted, and it is often difficult to persuade candidates to run for local offices.