Youth Participation from the Top Down: The Perspectives of Government and Community Sector Decision Makers in Australia

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNew Participatory Dimensions in Civil Society: Professionalization and Individualized Collective Action
    Editors Jan W. van Deth and William A. Maloney
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
    ISBN (Print)9780415588935
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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