Democratic Decline and Democratic Renewal: Political Change in Britain, Australia and New Zealand

Democratic Decline and Democratic Renewal: Political Change in Britain, Australia and New Zealand

by Ian Marsh, Raymond Miller


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107025684
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/26/2012
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ian Marsh is Professor in the Australian Innovation Research Centre at the University of Tasmania.

Raymond Miller is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Auckland.

Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction: 1. The decline and renewal of democratic governance: a theoretical framework; Part II. Political Change in Britain: The Development of a Strategy Gap: 2. The mass party system and state strategic capacity in Britain; 3. Neo-liberalism and the decline of state strategic capacity; 4. Why the gap in strategic capacity poses a systemic challenge; Part III. Political Change in Australia: The Development of a Representation Gap: 5. Everyman is king: representation and strategic capacity in Australia's mass party period; 6. Pluralised society, individualised politics: the gap between citizens and the formal political system; 7. Why a representation gap poses a systemic challenge (and the populist alternative); Part IV. Political Change in New Zealand: Voting Reform, Multi-Party Politics and Minority Government: 8. Identities and capabilities in the mass party era in New Zealand; 9. Neo-liberalism, social change and democracy; 10. Is electoral reform sufficient?; Part V. Democratic Renewal: 11. Reconnecting citizens to the political system; 12. The prospect for democratic renewal.

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