The Participation Gap: Social Status and Political Inequality by Russell J. DaltonThe Participation Gap: Social Status and Political Inequality by Russell J. Dalton

The Participation Gap: Social Status and Political Inequality

byRussell J. Dalton

Hardcover | November 18, 2017

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The dilemma of democracy arises from two contrasting trends. More people in the established democracies are participating in civil society activity, contacting government officials, protesting, and using online activism and other creative forms of participation. At the same time, theimportance of social status as an influence on political activity is increasing. The democratic principle of the equality of voice is eroding. The politically rich are getting richer - and the politically needy have less voice.This book assembles an unprecedented set of international public opinion surveys to identify the individual, institutional, and political factors that produce these trends. New forms of activity place greater demands on participants, raising the importance of social status skills and resources.Civil society activity further widens the participation gap. New norms of citizenship shift how people participate. And generational change and new online forms of activism accentuate this process. Effective and representative government requires a participatory citizenry and equal voice, andparticipation trends are undermining these outcomes.The Participation Gap both documents the growing participation gap in contemporary democracies and suggests ways that we can better achieve their theoretical ideal of a participatory citizenry and equal voice.
Russell Dalton is a Research Professor of Political Science at the Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of California, Irvine. Dalton has been awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship, Scholar-in-Residence at the Barbra Streisand Center, German Marshall Fund Research Fellowship, and the POSCO Fellowship at the East West C...
Title:The Participation Gap: Social Status and Political InequalityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pagesPublished:November 18, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Political Equality as the Foundation of DemocracyIndividual Level Patterns2. Opening Political Doors3. For Richer or Poorer, Politically Speaking4. Civil Society Mobilizing Action5. Age, Generations, and Participation6. What's a Good Citizen to Do?7. The Special Case of Online ActivismContextual Patterns8. Russell J. Dalton and Steve Weldon: Contextual Influences on Participation9. Is the Gap Growing?Implications10. The Political Leanings of the Choir11. Democracy in Unequal TermsAppendix: Survey Questions