Democracy Transformed? Expanding Political Opportunities in Advanced Industrial Democracies

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  • Copyright: 2006-02-16
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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The popular pressures for reforms of the democratic process have mounted across the OECD nations over the past generation. In response, democratic institutions are changing, evolving, and expanding in ways that may alter the structure of the democratic process. These changes include reforms of the electoral process, the expansion of referendums, introduction of open government provisions, and more access points for direct political involvement. Indeed, some observers claim that we are witnessing the most fundamental transformation of the democratic process since the creation of mass democracy in the early 20th Century. This international team of distinguished scholars assembles the evidence of how democratic institutions and processes are changing, and considers the larger implications of these reforms for the nature of democracy. The findings points to a new style of democratic politics that expands the nature of democracy, but also carries challenges for democracies to include all its citizens and govern effectively in an environment of complex government.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Notes on Contributors xiv
Foreword xvii
Austin Ranney
New Forms of Democracy? Reform and Transformation of Democratic Institutions
Russell J. Dalton
Susan E. Scarrow
Bruce E. Cain
I. Electoral Change
Expanding the Electoral Marketplace
Russell J. Dalton
Mark Gray
Making Elections More Direct? Reducing the Role of Parties in Elections
Susan E. Scarrow
Political Parties and the Rhetoric and Realities of Democratization
Miki Caul Kittilson
Susan E. Scarrow
Changing Party Access to Elections
Shaun Bowler
Elisabeth Carter
David M. Farrell
II. Change in Non-electoral Institutions
Towards More Open Democracies: The Expansion of Freedom of Information Laws
Bruce E. Cain
Patrick Egan
Sergio Fabbrini
Trends in Decentralization
Christopher Ansell
Jane Gingrich
Reforming the Administrative State
Christopher Ansell
Jane Gingrich
Participation, Representative Democracy, and the Courts
Rachel A. Cichowski
Alec Stone Sweet
III. The Consequences of Political Reform
A Second Transformation of Democracy?
Mark E. Warren
Democratic Publics and Democratic Institutions
Russell J. Dalton
Bruce E. Cain
Susan E. Scarrow
References 276(29)
Index 305

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