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Democratic Deficit
Critical Citizens Revisited

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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521197519

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  • Many fear that democracies are suffering from a legitimacy crisis. This book focuses on 'democratic deficits', reflecting how far the perceived democratic performance of any state diverges from public expectations. Pippa Norris examines the symptoms by comparing system support in more than fifty societies worldwide, challenging the pervasive claim that most established democracies have experienced a steadily rising tide of political disaffection during the third-wave era. The book diagnoses the reasons behind the democratic deficit, including demand (rising public aspirations for democracy), information (negative news about government) and supply (the performance and structure of democratic regimes). Finally, Norris examines the consequences for active citizenship, for governance and, ultimately, for democratization. This book provides fresh insights into major issues at the heart of comparative politics, public opinion, political culture, political behavior, democratic governance, political psychology, political communications, public policymaking, comparative sociology, cross-national survey analysis and the dynamics of the democratization process.

    • Offers a new theoretical framework seeking to explain the causes and consequences of the democratic deficit in terms of demand, information and supply
    • Tests this theory against systematic survey evidence from almost 50 countries and diverse types of regimes
    • Provides fresh insights into the consequences of the democratic deficit for political participation, allegiant behavior and processes of democratization
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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521197519
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 242 x 162 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 37 b/w illus. 36 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Democratic hopes and fears
    2. The conceptual framework
    3. Evidence and methods
    Part II. Symptoms:
    4. Trends in the US and Western Europe
    5. Comparing political support around the world
    6. Trends in democratic deficits
    Part III. Diagnosis:
    7. Rising aspirations
    8. Democratic knowledge
    9. Negative news
    10. Failing performance
    Part IV. Prognosis:
    11. Consequences for citizenship, governance, and democratization
    12. Conclusions and implications.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • American Political Institutions and Behavior
    • American Politics in Comparative Perspective
    • Comparative Citizenship
    • Comparative Political Behavior
    • Comparative Political Participation
    • Federal and State Government
    • Media, Islam &Social Movements
    • Politics of the European Union
    • Social order and socialo change
    • Topics: Democratization
  • Author

    Pippa Norris, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    Pippa Norris is the McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Her work analyzes comparative democratization, elections and public opinion, gender politics, and political communications. Recent companion volumes by this award-winning author, also published by Cambridge University Press, include Sacred and Secular (2004), Driving Democracy (2008) and Cosmopolitan Communications (2009).

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