A Reading of Article 21 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights:Political (Dis)engagement in the Context of Brexit

Ryan Service
Free, regular, and open elections are sought-after qualities of a liberal democracy. Reading electoral turnout as an indicator of political engagement, though, is a reductive reading and can obscure entrenched levels of political disengagement. This article considers the impli-cations of Article 21, subsection one, of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (1948) as an assessment of political participation. There are three lines of investigation. First, the paper examines the model of political engagement implied...
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