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Foundations of Comparative Politics
  • Language: en

Foundations of Comparative Politics

This student-friendly introduction to the key theories and concepts of comparative politics now provides even broader coverage of the world's democracies, with examples drawn from across the globe. Foundations of Comparative Politics contains a wealth of information, clearly structured and easy to read, with clear definition of Key Terms. It covers all the important themes in the field, including constitutional design and institutions; mass and elite politics; policy-making and implementation; and the future of the state and democracy in a globalising world. A new chapter on studying comparative politics, and new 'What Have We Learned?' and 'Lessons of Comparison' summary sections help students pull together the lessons of each chapter. Combining facts and theory throughout, debate is stimulated through the use of Controversy boxes, and Fact Files and Briefings give students interesting data that illustrates the key issues in the text. Online resources, including MCQs and Powerpoint slides, complete the package.

Political Participation in a Changing World
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 130

Political Participation in a Changing World

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2017-09-05
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  • Publisher: Routledge

In the last decades, political participation expanded continuously. This expansion includes activities as diverse as voting, tweeting, signing petitions, changing your social media profile, demonstrating, boycotting products, joining flash mobs, attending meetings, throwing seedbombs, and donating money. But if political participation is so diverse, how do we recognize participation when we see it? Despite the growing interest in new forms of citizen engagement in politics, there is virtually no systematic research investigating what these new and emerging forms of engagement look like, how prevalent they are in various societies, and how they fit within the broader structure of well-known p...

Comparative Politics
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 308

Comparative Politics

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2013-01-17
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  • Publisher: ECPR Press

The complications of using similar concepts in different situations are well known to everyone in comparative politics. This volume faces the problems of comparability and equivalence head on and indicates practical ways they can be tackled. Each contribution focuses on a theoretically relevant theme, such as tolerance, political values, religious orientation, gender roles, voluntary associations, party organisations, party positions, democratic regimes, and the mass media. Chapters cover different approaches, methods, data and countries, making use of widely available empirical research to illustrate the gains of finding equivalent measures in realistic research settings. Many of the strategies show how the complicated search for comparability and equivalence uncovers substantial additional information in comparative politics. Dealing with these problems can enhance the quality and reliability of any research. This edition includes a new introduction from Jan W van Deth, examining developments in the field over the last twenty years.

Citizenship and Democracy in an Era of Crisis
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 256

Citizenship and Democracy in an Era of Crisis

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  • Published: 2015-05-22
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  • Publisher: Routledge

Democracies are transforming worldwide, but at the same time political inequality is increasing. This development threatens to leave growing portions of mass publics effectively ‘outside’ the political process. This volume brings together leading authorities in the field of democratic citizenship and participation to address pertinent questions concerning the quality of the democratic political process at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Analysing causes and consequences of recent developments in democratic governance and citizenship, it contributes new and original research to the ongoing debate on the crisis of representative democracy. The contributors deal with a broad range of issues including aspects of democratic citizenship and citizens' perceptions of system performance, political inequality and the democratic impact of participatory innovations. This book will be of key interest to scholars and students in democratization studies, democratic citizenship, comparative politics, political sociology and political participation.

Private Groups and Public Life
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 264

Private Groups and Public Life

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2003-12-16
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  • Publisher: Routledge

This book focuses on the changing relationship between social and political involvement in Western Europe. Empirical case studies examine how new social movements interact with conventional political structures as individuals and groups experiment with new forms of political expression. The results indicate not a declining, but a changing democratic culture.

New Participatory Dimensions in Civil Society
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 288

New Participatory Dimensions in Civil Society

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  • Published: 2012-03-15
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  • Publisher: Routledge

This book examines citizen engagement in contemporary democratic politics and the development of new participatory forms. Based on empirical information gathered from citizens, activists and organizations, it examines the changing face of democratic participation. Advanced democracies are ‘plagued’ by the complex problem of basing political decisions on the active engagement of citizens and citizens’ organisations. Although the benefits of an active citizenry appear great, the reality is that most citizens positively embrace a relatively marginal role in organised politics. The conventional activist –citizens as active members engaged in voluntary associations and collective decision...

Citizenship and Involvement in European Democracies
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 496

Citizenship and Involvement in European Democracies

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  • Published: 2007-02-12
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  • Publisher: Routledge

This unique study presents the results of a cross-national analysis of citizenship and participation among citizens in twelve European democracies. Research on the future and quality of contemporary democracy is usually restricted to focus either on political participation, on particular aspects of citizenship, or on social activities, exclusively. This new book offers the first empirical investigation of the relationships both between social and political involvement, and between ‘small-scale’ and ‘large-scale’ democracies. Citizenship and Involvement in European Democracies offers representative samples of the populations in a selection of European countries between 2000-2002, incl...

Jan W. van Deth: Deutschland in Europa
  • Language: de
  • Pages: 36

Jan W. van Deth: Deutschland in Europa

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2008-12-03
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  • Publisher: GRIN Verlag

Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2008 im Fachbereich Soziologie - Soziales System, Sozialstruktur, Klasse, Schichtung, Note: 1,7, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg (Institut für Soziologie), Veranstaltung: Europäische Gesellschaften im Vergleich, 9 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: In der Öffentlichkeit wird häufig von „dem Ossi“ und „dem Wessi“ geredet. In den Köpfen scheint noch immer, fast 20 Jahre nach dem Mauerfall, eine gewisse Verbundenheit mit dem alten Staatsmuster zu existieren. Die europäische Integration hat sicherlich dazu beigetragen, die Unterschiede zwischen den Bürgern zu verringern. Besonders im ökonomischen Bereich hat die Europ...

Continuities in Political Action
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 432
The Handbook of Social Capital
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 722

The Handbook of Social Capital

The study of social capital is one of the most exciting recent developments in the social sciences. It has rapidly become a powerful concept in the vocabulary of the social sciences, influenced new research programmes in politics, economics, and the social sciences in general, and established itself in public discourse. As the idea of social capital has spread, the literature about it has increased exponentially. After twenty years it is time for a more consideredand critical assessment of its meaning and its standing as a key concept of social research. The Handbook offers a comprehensive view of social capital studies. Written by some of the main experts in the fields, who have been asked to take a fresh look at various aspects of the concept and of theempirical literatures, it is both an authoritative, critical, and innovative introduction to the study of social capital.