Flashcards in Participation - Revision Deck (5)
Why should people participate?
- It exercises our rule of democracy
- Gives you a voice
How can people participate?
- Voting in elections
- Joining pressure groups
- Joining political parties
Give some evidence that people do participate:
- Pressure groups such as Friends of the earth encourage s its members to support a political party that endorses their views e.g Green party.
- Pressure group membership is on the rise - the National Trust for example has 4.5 million members.
- Many people are actively involved online. For example, many people engage with popular petition sites like change.org. For example, over 1.8 million signed a petition on change.org calling for Trump to be prevented making a state visit to the UK. It ended up getting debated in Parliament.
Give some evidence for lack of participation:
- Electoral turnout has declined since 1992. In 1992, 77.7% voted but in the 2017 election the turnout has fallen to 68.7%.
- Party membership is declining too. In 1980, 4.12% of the public were members of political parties; today it has fallen to just above 1%.