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Why politics matters : making democracy work

Author: Gerry Stoker
Publisher: Houndmills [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A tide of discontent is posing a major crisis for systems of mass democracy: the evidence is clear to see in reduced turnout & party membership & in opinion surveys. This book argues that the failures of politicians have played their part, but equally important are the political stances & styles adopted by many citizens.
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Genre/Form: Book
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gerry Stoker
ISBN: 140399739X 9781403997395 1403997403 9781403997401
OCLC Number: 69332453
Description: xiv, 232 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
PART 1: MASS DEMOCRACY: TRIUMPH AND DISAPPOINTMENT --
The Triumph of Democracy? --
An Age of Political Discontent? --
Explanations of Political Disenchantment --
The Politics of Disappointment --
PART 2: THE PATHOLOGIES OF POLITICAL PRACTICE --
The Decline of Citizen Engagement? --
The Professionalization of Activism? --
The Dangers of Cynicism --
The Perils of Populism --
PART 3: SEARCHING FOR SOLUTIONS --
Towards a Politics for Amateurs --
Reviving Political Institutions --
Creating a New Civic Arena --
Conclusion Introduction --
PART 1: MASS DEMOCRACY: TRIUMPH AND DISAPPOINTMENT --
The Triumph of Democracy? --
An Age of Political Discontent? --
Explanations of Political Disenchantment --
The Politics of Disappointment --
PART 2: THE PATHOLOGIES OF POLITICAL PRACTICE --
The Decline of Citizen Engagement? --
The Professionalization of Activism? --
The Dangers of Cynicism --
The Perils of Populism --
PART 3: SEARCHING FOR SOLUTIONS --
Towards a Politics for Amateurs --
Reviving Political Institutions --
Creating a New Civic Arena --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Gerry Stoker.
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Achieving mass democracy was the great triumph of the last century. Learning to live with it will be the greatest achievement of this one. Stoker suggests that democracy must create a new politics,  Read more...

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'An impressive overview of the growing popular disenchantment with democratic politics across the advanced world which offers much thoughtful reflection about its deeper roots. Gerry Stoker's Read more...

 
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