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Why Politics Matters
By Gerry Stoker

Why Politics Matters

Making Democracy Work

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Why Politics Matters by Gerry Stoker

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Achieving 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 Details

ISBN: 9781403997401
ISBN-10: 1403997403
Format: Paperback
(218mm x 139mm x 15mm)
Pages: 248
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 7-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Gerry Stoker

Why Politics Matters by Gerry Stoker Why Politics Matters, Paperback (January 2017)

Profound social changes have made governance and political leadership more challenging than ever. The result is that politics in the democratic world faces a crisis in the 21st century. The revised edition of this highly successful text reassesses the gap between citizen expectation and the realities of government in light of new developments.

Nuclear Power and Energy Policy by 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 by Gerry Stoker 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 by Gerry Stoker Public Services, Paperback (January 2015)

How might we construct a new public services settlement, grounded in the needs, wants and capabilities of contemporary citizens?

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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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