Book News: May 23rd, 2006

By Vivien Lowndes, Lawrence Pratchett, and Gerry StokerLevels of formal political participation in the UK are generally seen to be in a state of crisis, with turnout in elections declining to historic lows, especially in the most disadvantaged communities. This report suggests that while poverty, inequality, and community strength help shape levels of political participation, they do not determine them. The report compares levels of participation in six different localities and finds that the way institutions work and the way those in charge behave makes a considerable difference to whether people choose to participate.

Published by The Institute of Public Policy Research. 5.95 pounds http://www.ippr.org.uk/publicationsandreports/