The rise in non-voting among the disadvantaged reinforces their lack of representation. Since parties seek to win elections, they are less likely to care about chasing the votes of groups that don’t turn up to the polling booth on election day. This vicious circle depends on whether those who have stopped voting can be persuaded to return, or if once participation stops it is difficult to rekindle. The failure of the disadvantaged to reverse the fall in electoral participation that occurred during the Blair years points rather depressingly to this latter outcome.

Evans & Tilley: 'The new class war: Excluding the working class in 21st-century Britain'

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