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Democracy is Broken. Discuss

Democracy is Broken. Discuss

Is our democracy broken? What kind of legitimacy will evolve from here?

11 March 2015

Preparing for the election, 1974. Election! exhibition at People's History Museum

Time 18:30 - 20:00

Duration 1 hours 30 minutes

Cost £7

Voter turnout keeps going down, support for main parties is in flux, the trust in politicians has never been lower.  Comedians who urge young people to join a revolution and abstain from voting top the best seller list and are adored.  All over the world, theocracy and dictatorships have rolled back the gains of the western democratic model achieved at the end of the Cold War.

As Fran O’Leary of the consultancy Lodestone says: ‘Around 39% of people didn’t cast their vote at the last general election.  This year only 41% of people said they would be certain to vote if there was an immediate election, the lowest level ever recorded by the Hansard Political Engagement Audit, and only 12% of young people said they would definitely cast their vote.’

We ask: Is our democracy broken?  What kind of legitimacy will evolve from here?  Join this Discuss event at the museum.

The debate comes as the museum displays a new exhibition celebrating the achievement of universal suffrage, Election! Britain Votes, on show until Sunday 28 June 2015.

Suitable for adults and young people

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The work of Election! artist-in-residence Alex Gardner has been supported through Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts scheme.

Heritage Lottery Fund & Arts Council England



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