Citizens of many democracies are becoming more critical of basic political institutions and detached and disaffected from politics in general.
This is a new comparative analysis of this trend that focuses on major democracies throughout Latin America, Asia and Central Europe. It brings together leading scholars to address three key areas of the current debate:
- the conceptual discussion surrounding political disaffection
- the factors causing voters to turn away from politics
- the actual consequences for democracy
This is a highly relevant topic as representative democracies are coming to face new developments. It deals with the reasons and consequences of the so called ‘democratic deficit’ in a systematic way that enables the reader to develop a well-rounded sense of the area and its main debates.
This book is an invaluable resource for all students of political science, sociology, cultural studies and comparative politics.
Table of Contents
List of Tables
List of Figures
1. Political Disaffection in Comparative Perspective.
Mariano Torcal (Universitat Pompeu Fabra [UPF], Barcelona) and José Ramón Montero (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid [UAM]).
II. Concepts and Dimensions
2. Democracy, Disaffection and Institutions: Some Neo-Tocquevillean Speculations.
Claus Offe (Humboldt-Universität Berlin)
3. The Multidimensionality of Political Support for New Democracies:
Conceptual Redefinition and Empirical Refinement
Richard P. Gunther (Ohio State University) and José Ramón Montero (UAM)
III. Causes I: Institutional Disaffection and Social Capital
4. Institutional Confidence and Social Trust: Aggregate and Individual Relations
Kenneth Newton (University of Southampton)
5. Democracy and Involvement: The Benevolent Aspects of Social Participation
Jan W. van Deth (Universität Mannheim)
6. Understanding the Relationship between Social Capital and Political Disaffection in the New Post-Communist Democracies
Geoffrey Evans (Oxford University) and Natalia Letki (Oxford University)
IV. Causes II: Politics and Institutions
7. Political Disaffection and Democratization History in New Democracies
Mariano Torcal (UPF)
8. Confidence in Parliaments: Performance, Representation and Accountability
Pedro C. Magalhaes (Social Sciences Institute of the University of Lisbon).
9. Political Disaffection and Political Performance: Norway 1957-2001
Ola Listhaug (The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim)
10. Italy, Forty Years of Political Disaffection: A Longitudinal Exploration.
Paolo Segatti (Università di Pavia)
V. Consequences: Participation, Protest, and Information
11. Does protest Signify Disaffection? Demonstrators in a Postindustrial Democracy' Pippa Norris (Harvard University), Stefaan Walgreve (University of Antwerpen) and Peter van Aelst (University of Antwerpen)
12. Political Participation, Information and Accountability: Some Consequences of Political Disaffection in New Democracies
Mariano Torcal (UPF) and Ignacio Lago (Juan March)
13. Some Basic Conclusions About Political Disaffection in Contemporary Representatives Democracies
José Ramón Montero (UAM) and Mariano Torcal (UPF)