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The Politics of Participation: From Athens to E-Democracy

Matt Qvortrup


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 analysing empirical data about citizen participation in Britain and other developed democracies. In addition to analysis of major political thinkers such as Plato, Machiavelli and J.S. Mill, it analyses how modern technology has influenced democracy. Among the issues discussed in t ... More

Keywords: democracy, political behaviour, citizen participation, Britain, Plato, Machiavelli, J.S. Mill, modern technology, riots, demonstrations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780719076589
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719076589.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matt Qvortrup, author