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Conventional wisdom suggests that citizens in many countries have become disengaged from traditional political participation. Commentators highlight warning signs of sagging electoral turnout, rising anti-party sentiment, and the decay of civic organizations. But are these concerns justified? This book compares systematic evidence in nearly two hundred countries worldwide and suggests reasons for questioning assumptions of decline. Not only is the obituary for older forms of political activism premature, but new forms of modern civic engagement may be emerging.Read more
- Offers a systematic comparative study of political activism in 193 nations around the world
- The book aims to provide a clear account of trends in political activism and cross-national differences based on primary evidence
- Gives insights into problems of political activism that are of widespread concern to policymakers, scholars and commentators
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"....[Norris's] arguments are cogent, theoretically rigorous, and backed by the best available data in the field. An elegantly written and important book. Highly recommended." Choice
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- Date Published: September 2002
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521010535
- length: 308 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.46kg
- contains: 30 b/w illus. 1 map 45 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of tables
List of figures
1. The decline and fall of political activism?
2. Theories of political activism
Part I. The Puzzle of Electoral Turnout:
3. Mapping turnout
4. Do institutions matter?
5. Who votes?
Part II. Political Parties:
6. Mapping party activism
7. Who joins?
Part III. Social Capital and Civic Society:
8. Social capital and civic society
9. Traditional mobilising agencies: unions and churches
10. New social movements, protest politics and the internet
11. Conclusions: the reinvention of political activism?
Appendix: comparative framework
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