Democracies are transforming worldwide, but at the same time political inequality is increasing. This development threatens to leave growing portions of mass publics effectively ‘outside’ the political process.
This volume brings together leading authorities in the field of democratic citizenship and participation to address pertinent questions concerning the quality of the democratic political process at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Analysing causes and consequences of recent developments in democratic governance and citizenship, it contributes new and original research to the ongoing debate on the crisis of representative democracy. The contributors deal with a broad range of issues including aspects of democratic citizenship and citizens' perceptions of system performance, political inequality and the democratic impact of participatory innovations.
This book will be of key interest to scholars and students in democratization studies, democratic citizenship, comparative politics, political sociology and political participation.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction: Citizenship, participation and democracy in an era of crisis Thomas Poguntke, Sigrid Roßteutscher, Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck and Sonja Zmerli PART 1 Citizenship and perceptions of system performance 2 Democratic institutions and citizen beliefs about democracy: How do they interact? Max Kaase 3 What’s gone wrong with democracy, or with theories explaining why it has? Jacques Thomassen 4 When representation fails: Behavioural reactions to perceived failure of political representation in France and Germany Oscar W. Gabriel 5. Mass media and political trust in Europe: Testing for ‘rainmaker’ effects Sonja Zmerli, Kenneth Newton and Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck 6 The dynamics of good citizenship norms M. Kent Kennings PART II Inequality: socialization and supply-side perspectives 7 Early conditions of political participation and civic integration of immigrant-children Hartmut Esser 8 Political socialization and inequality: The role of primary schools Simone Abendschön and Sigrid Roßteutscher 9 Much ado about something? Demand- and supply-side participation in a dysfunctional democratic market William A. Maloney 10 Living in different worlds? Left-wing parties and trade unions Thomas Poguntke PART III The democratic impact of participatory innovations 11 Is digitally networked participation a form of political participation? Yannis Theocharis 12 Citizen engagement and acting in the interest of citizens in the EU Beate Kohler-Koch 13 Representative vs. direct democracy in Germany: A contribution to an ongoing debate Franz Urban Pappi 14 Democratic citizenship under challenge Thomas Poguntke, Sigrid Roßteutscher, Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck and Sonja Zmerli
Thomas Poguntke is Professor of Comparative Politics and Director of the Düsseldorf Party Research Institute (PRuF ) at the Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf and Fellow at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research.
Sigrid Roßteutscher is Professor of Political Sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main.
Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck is Professor of Political Science and Political Sociology at the University of Mannheim.
Sonja Zmerli is Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main.