Democracy Transformed?: Expanding Political Opportunities in Advanced Industrial Democracies

Paperback | January 27, 2006

EditorBruce E. Cain, Russell J. Dalton, Susan E. Scarrow

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Comparative Politics is a series for students and teachers of political science that deals with contemporary issues in comparative government and politics. The General Editors are Max Kaase, Professor of Political Science, Vice President and Dean, School of Humanities and Social Science,International University Bremen, Germany; and Kenneth Newton, Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Southampton. The series is published in association with the European Consortium for Political Research.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 theelectoral 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 democracyin 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 point to a new style of democratic politicsthat 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.

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Comparative Politics is a series for students and teachers of political science that deals with contemporary issues in comparative government and politics. The General Editors are Max Kaase, Professor of Political Science, Vice President and Dean, School of Humanities and Social Science,International University Bremen, Germany; and Ken...

Bruce E. Cain is at Director, Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, Berkeley. Russell J. Dalton is at Professor of Political Science, University of California, Irvine.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.76 inPublished:January 27, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Austin Ranney: ForewordIntroduction1. Russell J. Dalton, Susan E. Scarrow, and Bruce Cain: New Forms of Democracy?: Reform and Transformation of Democratic InstitutionsPart I: Electoral Change2. Russell J. Dalton and Mark Gray: Expanding the Electoral Marketplace3. Susan E. Scarrow: Making Elections More Direct? Reducing the Role of Parties in Elections4. Miki Caul Kittilson and Susan E. Scarrow: Political Parties and the Rhetoric and Realities of Democratization5. Shaun Bowler, Elisabeth Carter, and David M. Farrell: Changing Party Access to PoliticsPart II: Change in Non-electoral Institutions6. Bruce Cain, Sergio Fabrinni, and Patrick Egan: Toward More Open Democracies: The Expansion of Freedom of Information Laws7. Christopher Ansell and Jane Gingrich: The Decentralization of Governance: Regional and Local Delegation8. Christopher Ansell and Jane Gingrich: Reforming the Administrative State9. Rachel Chichowski and Alec Stone Sweet: Participation, Representative Democracy, and the CourtsPart III: The Consequences of Political Reform10. Mark Warren: A Second Transformation of Democracy11. Russell J. Dalton, Bruce Cain, and Susan E. Scarrow: Democratic Publics and Democratic Institutions: New Forms or Adaptation