Political Participation and Democracy in Britain

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Cambridge University Press, 16.01.1992 - 509 Seiten
Why do some people involve themselves in politics and others not? Which issues are they concerned with? What do they get out of it? Answering such questions is fundamental to understanding political life and the workings of liberal democracies. This book presents the results of one of the most extensive surveys ever undertaken on the levels and patterns of political involvement in Britain. It is based on the findings of a sample survey of nearly 1,600 people across England, Scotland and Wales as well as a further 1,600 men and women and nearly 300 leaders in six specially selected and contrasting communities. These people were asked about the extent to which they had taken political action, particularly at a local level, and the authors found higher levels of participation than previous research has revealed. They analyse these findings in terms of age, gender, social class and education and look at the reactions of local leaders to the efforts people make to influence them.
 

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The study of participation and its political context
23
Patterns of political participation
39
Individual resources
63
wealth and group resources
72
Group resources
85
controlling for other ties and individual resources
107
and individual resources
113
Economic location
120
Party and values
190
Who are the political activists?
225
Agendas and political action
241
Do participants get what they want? The costs and benefits
267
Learning from political participation
286
The local political scene
299
Participation and democracy in Britain
415
Appendix A Survey methods
434

resources
132
Personal factors
143
Political outlooks
172
and resource factors
177
Study sample sizes and response rates
438
Endnotes
476
Index
500
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