Democratic Phoenix: Reinventing Political Activism / Edition 1

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Overview

This book compares systematic evidence for electoral turnout, party membership, and civic activism in countries around the world and suggests good reasons to question assumptions of decline. Not only is the obituary for older forms of political activism premature, but new forms of civic engagement may have emerged in modern societies to supplement traditional modes. Political participation appears to have evolved over the years, in terms of the agencies, the actions used for political expression, and the political actors that participants seek to influence. The process of societal modernization and rising levels of human capital are primarily responsible, although participation is also explained by the structure of the state, the role of agencies, and social inequalities.
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"....[Norris's] arguments are cogent, theoretically rigorous, and backed by the best available data in the field. An elegantly written and important book. Highly recommended." Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521010535
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Preface
1 The Decline and Fall of Political Activism? 3
2 Theories of Political Activism 19
I The Puzzle of Electoral Turnout
3 Mapping Turnout 35
4 Do Institutions Matter? 58
5 Who Votes? 83
II Political Parties
6 Mapping Party Activism 103
7 Who joins? 119
III Social Capital and Civic Society
8 Social Capital and Civic Society 137
9 Traditional Mobilizing Agencies: Unions and Churches 168
10 New Social Movements, Protest Politics, and the Internet 188
Conclusions
11 Conclusions: The Reinvention of Political Activism? 215
App.: Comparative Framework 225
Notes 231
Selected Bibliography 267
Index 282
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