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.theguardian - 10 days ago

For too many people in too many countries, democracy isn’t working

From Spain to Iraq, the integrity of elections is under threat, creating instability and failing to bring the change voters seekIn Britain, as elsewhere, a general election is the primary means of democratic renewal. But what if elections do not, or cannot, bring about genuine change? What if they are secretly manipulated by state or foreign “influencers”? What if polls are fixed in advance, providing an illusion of democratic choice – or their results are rejected?Such concerns have usually focused on developing countries with “immature” democracies. But that’s changing. The integrity of electoral processes worldwide, including in western countries formerly held up as models, is under growing threat from systemic failures and deliberate subversion. Continue reading...

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