Why Politics Matters
Making Democracy Work
By (author) Gerry Stoker
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Why Politics Matters by Gerry Stoker
Book DescriptionAchieving mass democracy was the great triumph of the twentieth century. Learning to live with it will be the greatest achievement of the twenty-first century. A rising tide of discontent is posing a major crisis for systems of mass democracy: the evidence is clear to see in reduced turnout and party membership and in opinion surveys. The failures of politicians have played their part but, Gerry Stoker argues, equally important are the dysfunctional political stances and styles adopted by many citizens. Democratic politics, he argues, is doomed to disappoint because it involves collective decision-making, demands complicated communication and generally produces a messy compromise. One size fits no-one. So what is the solution? Stoker suggests that democracy - and the political class - must create a new politics, making it as easy as possible for as many people as possible to express and debate their political preferences.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781403997401
(218mm x 139mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 7-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Gerry Stoker
Nuclear Power and Energy Policy, Hardback (September 2015)
This book explores how different governments have leveraged their capacity to advance a revival of nuclear power. Presenting in-depth case studies of France, Finland, Britain and the United States, Baker and Stoker argue that governments may struggle to promote new investment in nuclear power.
Relevance of Political Science, Paperback (March 2015)
What does political science tell us about important real-world problems and issues? And to what extent does and can political analysis contribute to solutions? This is the challenge addressed by leading political scientists in this original text which will be essential reading for students and scholars alike.
Public Services, Paperback (January 2015)
How might we construct a new public services settlement, grounded in the needs, wants and capabilities of contemporary citizens?
Debating Institutionalism, Paperback (August 2013)» View all books by Gerry Stoker
Asks whether institutionalism is useful for the various sub-disciplines within political science to which it has been applied, and to what extent the assumptions inherent to institutional analysis can be useful for understanding the range of behaviour of individuals and structures in the public sector.
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Author Biography - Gerry Stoker
GERRY STOKER is Professor of Politics and Governance at the University of Southampton, and is the author or editor of more than 20 books on various aspects of politics.
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