Political Disaffection in Contemporary Democracies: Social Capital, Institutions and Politics

Political Disaffection in Contemporary Democracies: Social Capital, Institutions and Politics

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ISBN-13: 9781134297115
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/18/2006
Series: Routledge Research in Comparative Politics
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents


List of Tables

List of Figures

I. Introduction

1. Political Disaffection in Comparative Perspective.

Mariano Torcal (Universitat Pompeu Fabra [UPF], Barcelona) and José Ramón Montero (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid [UAM]).

II. Concepts and Dimensions

2. Democracy, Disaffection and Institutions: Some Neo-Tocquevillean Speculations.

Claus Offe (Humboldt-Universität Berlin)

3. The Multidimensionality of Political Support for New Democracies:

Conceptual Redefinition and Empirical Refinement

Richard P. Gunther (Ohio State University) and José Ramón Montero (UAM)

III. Causes I: Institutional Disaffection and Social Capital

4. Institutional Confidence and Social Trust: Aggregate and Individual Relations

Kenneth Newton (University of Southampton)

5. Democracy and Involvement: The Benevolent Aspects of Social Participation

Jan W. van Deth (Universität Mannheim)

6. Understanding the Relationship between Social Capital and Political Disaffection in the New Post-Communist Democracies

Geoffrey Evans (Oxford University) and Natalia Letki (Oxford University)

IV. Causes II: Politics and Institutions

7. Political Disaffection and Democratization History in New Democracies

Mariano Torcal (UPF)

8. Confidence in Parliaments: Performance, Representation and Accountability

Pedro C. Magalhaes (Social Sciences Institute of the University of Lisbon).

9. Political Disaffection and Political Performance: Norway 1957-2001

Ola Listhaug (The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim)

10. Italy, Forty Years of Political Disaffection: A Longitudinal Exploration.

Paolo Segatti (Università di Pavia)

V. Consequences: Participation, Protest, and Information

11. Does protest Signify Disaffection? Demonstrators in a Postindustrial Democracy' Pippa Norris (Harvard University), Stefaan Walgreve (University of Antwerpen) and Peter van Aelst (University of Antwerpen)

12. Political Participation, Information and Accountability: Some Consequences of Political Disaffection in New Democracies

Mariano Torcal (UPF) and Ignacio Lago (Juan March)

V. Conclusions

13. Some Basic Conclusions About Political Disaffection in Contemporary Representatives Democracies

José Ramón Montero (UAM) and Mariano Torcal (UPF)


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