I want to take this opportunity to thank those who helped me to create this piece of work, and those who gave me the encouragement to carry on when I thought it had me beat. Thanks to those who completed questionnaires which made it possible for me to gain primary data, and gave me a lot of 'food for thought' during the investigation.
I'd like to Acknowledge the great support given by the Aylesbury College, not just throughout this project, but throughout the whole year, without the support from the staff, both the Tutors, and administration assistants, I would not be on the verge of becoming a 'tax-dodging University student'. I wish to show gratitude to my Father who introduced me to Radio 4, which was broadcasting at the right place, at the right time, and really helped to give me inspiration on this piece of work.
My Mother must receive praise for constantly reminding about 'keeping up with the work', and also for keeping me well fed and watered throughout. And finally special consideration and thanks must be given to Sarah Giles, George Tyrell, and Paul Hughes, all of whom helped to motivate me and to re-assure me during the stressful times. Thank you all. Executive Summary: The following piece of work is a study into some of the reasons why Britain has seen such a decline in the interest of Government and Politics, and the effects that this dis-interest has caused, including some raw data showing recent general election turnouts.
I have conducted some primary research and analysed some of the results, as well as giving my opinions of how the research might have been carried out in a more efficient way in the recommendations. Finally I have included conclusions and evaluations of both the research that I have carried out, and the topic in general including some general ideas that have been put forward in order to increase the currently low attendance of voters at the more recent general elections. Introduction:
With the current affairs of the Government of the day featuring so frequently in today's media, not only for the legislation it puts through parliament and presents for debate, but also, and more prominently perhaps, for the scandal and negative behaviour of ministers and members of parliament both in the executive and in the opposition, it is no wonder that the general consensus is that the people of England and Wales have lost enthusiasm for democracy and our government, and that faith in politics is at what seems to be an all time low. Aim:
As a topic in heated debate at the moment, the question which this report will pose and will attempt to answer is: What is the main reason for the loss of faith and interest in our political system? The report will look at both primary and secondary sources of data in order to answer this question as well as proving the hypothesis of the investigation either right or wrong. Hypothesis: The main reason for the loss of faith in the government of the day is the corruption demonstrated by certain MPs, which has been highlighted by the media in recent years.
Method: For this piece of research to be both successful and impartial, a number of different sources of information must be referred to and referenced accordingly, including primary interviews and questionnaires devised and conducted by myself, as well as other studies and secondary data documented by other researchers. To start the research project we will be looking into the background of the subject in question, as well as some facts and figures from past investigations which will hopefully demonstrate the change in public opinion.
We will also look at possible causes of the change in more detail including recent events that have taken place, controversial legislation which has been passed, and any other confounding factors which may be responsible for the recessive view of government and politics today. When the different reasons that might be affecting peoples views have been outlined, I can then design and create a questionnaire of multiple choice questions and decide upon a target population to ask to complete them which will give me one type of primary data.
The results will be both quantitative and discrete data, making it very easy to illustrate using charts, tables, and to convert into percentages, and hopefully providing a more definitive answer to the question posed in the introduction, as well as either supporting or opposing evidence to the hypothesis of the investigation. When all the data has been compiled and illustrated, I shall make conclusive remarks on the evidence found, including reasoning for both sides of the arguments, and analyse the data in an unbiased and objective way, in an effort to explain both sides of the argument.
Finally I shall evaluate the research that I've carried out, making any recommendations and changes that might have helped the investigation to produce clearer or perhaps stronger evidence, stating whether the evidence found whilst carrying out the project supports or opposes the hypothesis, and evaluating how successful I feel the research project has been.