The Politics of Participation: From Athens to E-Democracy

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Manchester University Press, Nov 15, 2007 - Political Science - 182 pages
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We live in an age of democracy. Very few people challenge the virtues of "government by the people", yet, politicians and commentators are fond of decrying the "crisis of democracy". How do these views square up? This book provides the answer by surveying the philosophical history of democracy and its critics and by analyzing empirical data about citizen participation in Britain and other developed democracies. In addition to analysis of major political thinkers like Plato, Machiavelli and J.S. Mill, the book analyzes how modern technology has influenced democracy. An essential book for students of politics, history and media studies this study puts the debate about democracy into perspective and offers a solid grounding for future discussions.

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Matt Qvortrup is Professor of Political Science at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

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