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Philip Coggan discusses the risks to western democracy following a reduction in voting turnout and the economic downturn.
Western democracy is at risk. Voting turnout has been falling for 40 years and politicians are held in low esteem. The bargain - that politicians deliver prosperity in exchange for votes - has been broken. Power is moving to unelected bodies. Will voters turn to the extremist parties, give up altogether or allow an elite to rule in its own interest, as it did in the 19th century?
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