Democratic ‘doom loop’

Falling rates of home ownership are helping to drive election turnout rates down among the young, which is creating a type of ‘doom loop’ for democracy as older property owners vote for policies that drive house prices ever higher, and youth turnout rates ever lower. BERNARD HICKEY of Newsroom reports.

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Victoria University’s Democracy Week has gone into the depths of the fall in democratic participation among the young in New Zealand and how it could be reversed to keep our democracy healthy and avoid the worst excesses of countries like the United States. Over there, rising inequality and polarisation of political views has turned many […]

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