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Why Politics Matters (2nd Edition)

Making Democracy Work

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Profound social changes have made governance and political leadership more challenging than ever. The result is that politics in the democratic world faces a crisis in the 21st century. The revised edition of this highly...

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Profound social changes have made governance and political leadership more challenging than ever. The result is that politics in the democratic world faces a crisis in the 21st century. The revised edition of this highly successful text reassesses the gap between citizen expectation and the realities of government in light of new developments.

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An accessible introduction to politics and policy that will appeal to undergraduate students on a wide range of politics courses.

Written by a highlyregarded expert in the field with a wealth of experience writing educational materials.

Broadranging in its coverage of global democracies, with strong theoretical analysis of contemporary political leadership issues.

Introduction
PART ONE MASS DEMOCRACY: TRIUMPH AND DISAPPOINTMENT
1. The Triumph of Democracy?
2. Global Dissatisfaction with Politics
3. Explanations for Political Disenchantment
4. The Politics of Mass Democracies: Designed-In Disappointment?
PART TWO THE PATHOLOGIES OF POLITICAL PRACTICE
5. The Decline of Citizen Engagement?
6. The Professionalization of Activism and Multi-Speed Activism
7. The Dangers of Cynicism
8. The Perils of Populism
PART THREE SEARCHING FOR SOLUTIONS
9. Politics for Amateurs
10. Reviving Political Institutions
11. Creating a New Civic Arena
Conclusions.

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GERRY STOKER is Professor of Politics and Governance at the University of Southampton and Centenary Professor at the University of Canberra, Australia.

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GERRY STOKER is Professor of Politics and Governance at the University of Southampton and Centenary Professor at the University of Canberra, Australia.

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