1st Edition

Democracy and the Role of Associations
Political, Strutural and Social Contexts

ISBN 9780415499156
Published March 5, 2009 by Routledge
292 Pages

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Book Description

Voluntary associations have been presented as a solution to political apathy and cynicism towards representative democracy. The authors collected in this volume, however, argue that these claims require more robust substantiation and seek to critically examine the crucial link between the associative sector and the health of democracy. Focusing on the role of context and using diverse approaches and empirical material, they explore whether these associations in differing socio-political contexts actually undermine rather than reinvigorate democracy.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Politics and Institutions  Part 2. Features of Associations  Part 3. The Social Fabric of Daily Life  Conclusion

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