What are the primary obstacles and frictions related to citizen participation?
- Lack of awareness: Many citizens may not be aware of the opportunities available to them to participate in the political process.
- Political apathy: Some individuals may feel that their voices don't matter or that their participation won't make a difference.
- Power imbalances: Structural barriers may limit certain groups of citizens, such as marginalized communities, from participating equally.
- Difficulty accessing information: Citizens may struggle to find relevant information or understand complex issues.
- Lack of trust in government: A lack of trust in government institutions can decrease the willingness of citizens to participate.
- Time and resource constraints: Participating in the political process can require significant time and resources, which not everyone may have available.
- Skewed representation: The political process may not accurately reflect the diverse perspectives and interests of all citizens.
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