Road to Renewal: Elections, parties and the case for democratic reform

Parth Patel and Harry Quilter-Pinner

This paper from IPPR, the Electoral Reform Society, Unlock Democracy and Compass characterises ‘silent’ and ‘noisy’ protests against democratic politics that have grown across advanced democracies since the 1980s.

Parth Patel and Harry Quilter-Pinner describe economic, sociocultural and political shifts that have led to these protests and show that mainstream parties, in the UK and elsewhere, are failing to respond adequately.

The paper argues democratic reforms to enhance the influence of ordinary and underpowered citizens over public policy are a necessary component of any strategy to recapture lost electorates and reinforce the foundations of democracy.

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