What kind of democracy? : participation, inclusiveness and contestation


    • Vráblíková, Kateřina


What kind of democracy? : participation, inclusiveness and contestation

Kateřina Vráblíková

(Conceptualising change in comparative politics : polities, peoples, and markets / edited by Francisco Panizza and Anthony Peter Spanakos, 6)

Routledge, 2018, c2017

  • : pbk

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"First published 2017 by Routledge ... First issued in paperback 2018"--T.p. verso

Includes bibliographical references and index



The broad expansion of non-electoral political participation is considered one of the major changes in the nature of democratic citizenship in the 21st century. Most scholars - but also governments, transnational and subnational political institutions, and various foundations - have adopted the notion that contemporary democratic societies need a more politically active citizenry. Yet, contemporary democracies widely differ in the extent to which their citizens get involved in politics beyond voting. Why is political activism other than voting flourishing in the United States, but is less common in Britain and almost non-existent in post-communist countries like Bulgaria? The book shows that the answer does not lie in citizen's predispositions, social capital or institutions of consensual democracy. Instead, the key to understanding cross-country differences in political activism beyond voting rests in democratic structures that combine inclusiveness and contestation. What Kind of Democracy? is the first book to provide a theoretically driven empirical analysis of how different types of democratic arrangements affect individual participation in non-electoral politics.


Introduction: The Landscape Puzzle Chapter 2: Inclusive Contestation Chapter 3: Micro Level of Political Participation Chapter 4: How Do State Structures Matter? Chapter 5: How Does Mobilization Matter? Chapter 6: How Does Political Culture Matter? Chapter 7: Solving the Landscape Puzzle Conclusion: What Kind of Democracy?

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