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In a representative democracy, the right of decision belongs to the majority, but the right to representation belongs to all. FairVote advocates for adoption of proportional voting systems for local and state elections, and for an informed debate about their merits for congressional elections.

POWER Inquiry Reports on State of British Democracy
Commission Investigates Disengagement With Politics

Power Inquiry coverReleased early this month by an independent commission of ten UK citizens from all walks of life, Power to the People asks: why has engagement with "formal democracy" declined?

It's not apathy, news media, overwork, or a distractingly high standard of living. The causes: a new, more educated citizenry expecting to affect politics, blocked social mobility, a party system based on a bygone class structure and perception that the electoral system "wastes" votes.

The prescription: eighteen points relating to who governs Britain, how those bodies are chosen and who gets to choose them. Parallels with the American experience are striking.

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