Political Participation and Democracy in Britain

Voorkant
Cambridge University Press, 16 jan. 1992 - 509 pagina's
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Why do some people involve themselves in politics and others not? Which issues are they concerned with? What do they get out of it? Answering such questions is fundamental to understanding political life and the workings of liberal democracies. This book presents the results of one of the most extensive surveys ever undertaken on the levels and patterns of political involvement in Britain. It is based on the findings of a sample survey of nearly 1,600 people across England, Scotland and Wales as well as a further 1,600 men and women and nearly 300 leaders in six specially selected and contrasting communities. These people were asked about the extent to which they had taken political action, particularly at a local level, and the authors found higher levels of participation than previous research has revealed. They analyse these findings in terms of age, gender, social class and education and look at the reactions of local leaders to the efforts people make to influence them.

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Inhoudsopgave

The study of participation and its political context
23
Patterns of political participation
39
1
42
page
48
3
56
Individual resources
63
1
68
5
78
Who are the political activists?
225
Agendas and political action
241
6
252
Do participants get what they want? The costs and benefits
267
Learning from political participation
286
7
290
The local political scene
299
Local participation
316

Group resources
85
1
86
for other ties and individual resources
99
controlling for other ties and individual resources
108
and individual resources
113
Economic location
120
Personal factors
143
Political outlooks
172
Party and values
190
5
191
resources
193
Local elites activists and agendas
348
Participation and the making of the local agendas
365
type
379
The quality of local participation
389
across local issues all localities together
393
Participation and democracy in Britain
415
Appendix A Survey methods
434
Study sample sizes and response rates
438
Endnotes
476
Index
500
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