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Why Politics Matters

Making Democracy Work

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Achieving mass democracy was the great triumph of the last century. Learning to live with it will be the greatest achievement of this one. Stoker suggests that democracy must create a new politics, making it as easy as...

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Achieving mass democracy was the great triumph of the last century. Learning to live with it will be the greatest achievement of this one. Stoker suggests that democracy must create a new politics, making it as easy as possible for as many people to participate. Winner of the Political Studies Association Book of the Year Prize 2006

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The first book of its kind for a generation, written by a leading authority, which reflects concern about the scale of disenchantment in Politics a major issue of our time and the future of democracy as we know it
Very accessibly written: essential reading for both students of Politics and a general reader with a serious interest in Politics
Very broad international coverage of Politics in established democracies and how it needs to change

Introduction
PART 1: MASS DEMOCRACY: TRIUMPH AND DISAPPOINTMENT
The Triumph of Democracy?
An Age of Political Discontent?
Explanations of Political Disenchantment
The Politics of Disappointment
PART 2: THE PATHOLOGIES OF POLITICAL PRACTICE
The Decline of Citizen Engagement?
The Professionalization of Activism?
The Dangers of Cynicism
The Perils of Populism
PART 3: SEARCHING FOR SOLUTIONS
Towards a Politics for Amateurs
Reviving Political Institutions
Creating a New Civic Arena
Conclusion
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GERRY STOKER is Professor of Politics and Governance at the University of Southampton, and is the author or editor of more than 20 books on various aspects of politics.

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GERRY STOKER is Professor of Politics and Governance at the University of Southampton, and is the author or editor of more than 20 books on various aspects of politics.

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