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.
|Title of host publication||New Participatory Dimensions in Civil Society: Professionalization and Individualized Collective Action|
|Editors||Jan W. van Deth and William A. Maloney|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publisher||Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|