The New Challenge of Direct Democracy
By (author) Ian Budge
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New Challenge of Direct Democracy by Ian Budge
Book DescriptionDirect Democracy involves citizens in discussion and decisions about what the government is to do, rather than leaving these decisions to officials or parliaments. It thus challenges the restrictions placed by representative democracies such as Britain and the United States on political consultation and popular participation. This book confronts arguments for and against mass debate in light of new communication developments which make Direct Democracy technically feasible in a mass society. The result is a highly original and innovative account of the possibility of the direct involvement of citizens in the governance of their own affairs.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745617657
(229mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 19-Oct-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ian Budge
National Policy in a Global Economy, Hardback (November 2014)
This study offers an analysis of the UK's current economic policy options and a plan for improving life for ordinary citizens via a sensible and realistic understanding of governments' limited ability to manage economic performance. It provides a manifesto which political parties could immediately adopt to make life better for all.
Mapping Policy Preferences from Texts, Hardback (November 2013)
Policy targets and political preferences are summarised in documents such as party manifestos. This book describes how these can be analysed quantitatively, by counting sentences devoted to each policy area. The numbers form policy indicators which can be related to government actions and spending. The book discusses problems with such analyses.
Organizing Democratic Choice, Hardback (June 2012)
Organizing Democratic Choice offers a new, invigorating theory of how democracy actually works. It also presents a challenge to democratic pessimists who would have everyone believe that neither political parties nor mass publics are up to the tasks that democracy assigns them.
Ideology, Strategy and Party Change, Paperback (March 2008)» View all books by Ian Budge
A comparative assessment of the impact of election pledges on government action.
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