I took part in a live Q&A for The Guardian’s Public Leaders Network (28 March 2014), alongside David Blunkett and a range of other experts in the democracy field, discussing public involvement in politics and policy-making. Here is a summary of the discussion.
My post for Democratic Audit (13 March 2014) with Anthony Mcdonnell. Older people are more likely to vote and highly educated people are more likely to vote: these are electoral phenomena common in advanced democracies across the world. We investigated these trends.
I wrote Democratic Audit’s new report (7 March 2013), with Patrick Dunleavy, on the weaknesses of online election information in the UK. We argued this particularly affects the participation of young voters in elections as this highly mobile group is cut off from traditional forms of election information.
My list-based commentary article for Buzzfeed (8 February 2014) on the many rights and responsibilities young people acquire before the right to vote. It would be circular logic to suggest having some rights at 16 means the right to vote must come in at 16 too, but it is certainly very, very odd that something as risk-free as casting a vote has a higher age restriction than some of these.