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Activating the citizen : dilemmas of participation in Europe and Canada /
edited by Joan DeBardeleben and Jon H. Pammett.
imprint
Houndsmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
description
xvii, 306 p.
ISBN
0230575943 (alk. paper), 9780230575943 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Houndsmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
isbn
0230575943 (alk. paper)
9780230575943 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
6941362
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Joan DeBardeleben is Chancellor's Professor in the Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at Carleton University, Canada. She is also Director of the Centre for European Studies. She is the editor and contributing author to numerous volumes. Her recent publications deal with EU-Russian relations and with Russian politics, particularly relating to democratization, elections, public, opinion, and federalism. Jon H. Pammett is Professor of Political Science at Carleton University, Canada. He is also co-Director of the Canadian of the Carleton University Survey Centre and Canadian delegate to the International Social Survey Programme. He is co-author or Political Choice in Canada and Absent Mandate, books about voting behaviour in Canadian elections. He has published journal articles on public opinion and voting behaviour in Canada and Russia and has also worked in the field of political education.
Summaries
Main Description
This volume focuses on the manner in which declining citizen involvement affects two key elements of democratic government, elections and political parties. It examines the reasons underlying citizen withdrawal and explores and assesses innovative approaches on both sides of the Atlantic to try to counter these phenomena.
Bowker Data Service Summary
The decline of citizen involvement affects two key elements of democratic government: elections and political parties. This book examines the reasons underlying citizen withdrawal and explores and assesses innovative approaches on both sides of the Atlantic to try to counter these phenomena.
Description for Bookstore
About declining public participation in elections and political parties, and some possible solutions to dilemmas of engaging citizen participation in two of the most important democratic arenas
Long Description
A real or potential 'democratic deficit' is haunting established democracies. Declining levels of citizen participation affect the ballot box, political party membership, and other forms of civic activism. So disturbing are these trends that governments themselves have undertaken assertive mobilization campaigns and institutional reforms to try to address them. Activating the Citizen not only examines the reasons underlying citizen withdrawal, but also explores and assesses innovative approaches on both sides of the Atlantic to try to counter these phenomena. Bringing together research by Canadian and European scholars, this volume considers proactive approaches such as changing political party leadership selection practices, new forms of civic education to engage youth, direct citizen participation through Citizens' Assemblies and referendums, and the construction of issues so as to elicit responses in the name of 'good citizenship'. All of these political measures are designed to 'œactivate the citizen'.
Long Description
A real or potential 'democratic deficit' is haunting established democracies. Declining levels of citizen participation affect the ballot box, political party membership, and other forms of civic activism. So disturbing are these trends that governments themselves have undertaken assertive mobilization campaigns and institutional reforms to try to address them. Activating the Citizen not only examines the reasons underlying citizen withdrawal, but also explores and assesses innovative approaches on both sides of the Atlantic to try to counter these phenomena. Bringing together research by Canadian and European scholars, this volume considers proactive approaches such as changing political party leadership selection practices, new forms of civic education to engage youth, direct citizen participation through Citizens' Assemblies and referendums, and the construction of issues so as to elicit responses in the name of 'good citizenship'. All of these political measures are designed to 'activate the citizen'.
Table of Contents
List of Tablesp. vii
List of Figuresp. ix
List of Appendicesp. x
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Notes on the Contributorsp. xii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Defining the Participation Gapp. 15
Citizen Participation and Democratic Deficits: Considerations from the Perspective of Democratic Theoryp. 17
The Decline of Political Participation: An Empirical Overview of Voter Turnout and Party Membershipp. 41
Voter Turnout: Understanding the Declinep. 61
Turnout in Electoral Democracies Revisitedp. 63
Where Turnout Holds Firm: The Scandinavian Exceptionsp. 83
New Members, Old Issues: The Problem of Voter Turnout in European Parliament Electionsp. 106
Parties as Vehicles of Participationp. 129
Party Membership and Activism in Comparative Perspectivep. 131
Models of Party Organization and Europartiesp. 151
Grassroots Participation and Party Leadership Selection: Examining the British and Canadian Casesp. 173
Beyond Elections and Parties: Innovations in Activating Citizensp. 195
Participation and the Good Citizenp. 197
Institutionalizing Participation through Citizens' Assembliesp. 214
Citizen Involvement in Constitutional Politics: European and Canadian Experiencesp. 233
Youth Engagement, Civic Education, and New Vehicles of Political Participationp. 257
Bibliographyp. 276
Indexp. 297
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