Democracy and the Role of Associations

Political, Strutural and Social Contexts

Edited by Sigrid Rossteutscher

© 2004 – Routledge

276 pages

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About the Book

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

About the Series

Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
SOC000000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General