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Democratic renewal: evidence synthesis to support local government electoral reform

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  • Release date: 19 March 2019
Evidence is required to help inform the implementation of local government electoral reform.

Key insights

From the evidence reviewed three key factors recur throughout the literature on democratic renewal.

  • Engagement is uneven and tailored methods are required to successfully involve politically disengaged groups.
  • Education has the potential to improve understanding of local democracy and impact on levels of engagement.
  • Perceptions of influence are a key predictor of the likelihood of democratic engagement.


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