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Groups, Representation and Democracy: Between Promise and Practice

Darren R. Halpin


Whether called pressure groups, NGOs, social movement organisations or organised civil society, the value of ‘groups’ to the policy process, to economic growth, to governance, to political representation and to democracy has always been contested. However, there seems to be a contemporary resurgence in this debate, largely centred on their democratising potential: can groups effectively link citizens to political institutions and policy processes? Are groups an antidote to emerging democratic deficits? Or do they themselves face challenges in demonstrating their legitimacy and representativene ... More

Keywords: pressure groups, NGOs, social movement organisations, organised civil society, policy process, economic growth, governance, political representation, democracy, constituencies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780719076527
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719076527.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Darren R. Halpin, author