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Ruling the void : the hollowing of Western democracy /

"In the long-established democracies of Western Europe, electoral turnouts are in decline, membership is shrinking in the major parties, and those who remain loyal partisans are sapped of enthusiasm. Peter Mair's new book weighs the impact of these changes, which together show that, after...

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Main Author: Mair, Peter.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: London ; New York : Verso, 2013.
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264 1 |a London ;  |a New York :  |b Verso,  |c 2013. 
300 |a xviii, 174 pages ;  |c 21 cm 
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504 |a Includes bibliographical references (pages [149]-167) and index. 
505 0 0 |g List of tables --  |g Editor's foreword --  |g Introduction --  |t Democracy and indifference --  |t Indifference and renewal --  |t Redefining democracy --  |g 1. The passing of popular involvement --  |t Citizen disengagement --  |t Electoral participation --  |t Electorial volatility --  |t Party loyalties --  |t Party membership --  |t Conclusion --  |g 2. The challenge to party government --  |t Do parties matter? --  |t Declining electoral cohesion --  |t The problem of party government --  |t The waning of party government --  |g 3. The withdrawal of the elites --  |t The century of mass politics --  |t From civil society to the state : the location of parties --  |t The functions of parties --  |g 4. Popular democracy and the European Union polity --  |t Being safe for, or from, democracy --  |t The EU polity --  |t Politicization and displacement --  |t Europeanization and depoliticization --  |t The puzzle of apolitical Europe --  |t The EU as a construct --  |t Conclusion : Euroscepticism and polity-scepticism --  |g Appendix : a note on additional tables --  |g Bibliography --  |g Index. 
520 |a "In the long-established democracies of Western Europe, electoral turnouts are in decline, membership is shrinking in the major parties, and those who remain loyal partisans are sapped of enthusiasm. Peter Mair's new book weighs the impact of these changes, which together show that, after a century of democratic aspiration, electorates are deserting the political arena. Mair examines the alarming parallel development that has seen Europe's political elites remodel themselves as a homogeneous professional class, withdrawing into state institutions that offer relative stability in a world of fickle voters. Meanwhile, non-democratic agencies and practices proliferate and gain credibility--not least among them the European Union itself, an organization contributing to the depoliticization of the member states and one whose notorious "democratic deficit" reflects the deliberate intentions of its founders. Ruling the Void offers an authoritative and chilling assessment of the prospects for popular political representation today, not only in the varied democracies of Europe but throughout the developed world." -- Publisher website. 
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