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Lower education levels goes hand in hand with support for direct democracy

Coffé, Hilde (2015) Lower education levels goes hand in hand with support for direct democracy. Democratic Audit Blog (25 Feb 2015). Website.

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What role does education play in the type of political system that citizens would like to see implemented in their country? Hilde Coffé presents results from a study, in collaboration with Ank Michels, using survey data in the Netherlands. The research shows that while all education groups have similar levels of support for representative democracy, those with lower levels of education are far more supportive of direct democracy and other alternative systems. The findings suggest that this support is not linked specifically to a desire for greater participation in politics, but instead reflects the fact that lower educated groups are simply more willing to back alternatives to the current form of representative democracy used in the country.

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Additional Information: © 2015 Democratic Audit UK
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2015 14:27
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 07:49

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