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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Power & politics

Topic: Power & politics

Strong patterns of political inequality pose a clear danger to our democracy.  Sharp inequalities of power between old and young, rich and poor, structure who has voice, representation and influence in the political process. Unequal political voice in turn unleashes a vicious cycle of disaffection and under-representation among those groups for which participation is falling, for whom politics seems to have less and less to say to them.

Tackling this will require radical measures to update the architecture of our democracy. IPPR have set out a range of measures to reverse political inequality and strengthen democratic power.  From electoral reform and compulsory voting, to steps to reconnect political parties to civil society, to new institutions of democratic participation, our recommendations can help ensure all voices are heard in the political process and power is democratically accountable.