Chapter

Citizens and the State

Max Kaase and Kenneth Newton

in Beliefs in Government

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294726
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599590 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198294727.003.0006

Series: Beliefs in Government

 Citizens and the State

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This chapter addresses the key issue of political sophistication of how far citizens in the countries of Western Europe regard themselves as citizens in the sense of accepting civic responsibilities and exerting influence over government. The tensions caused by the growing complexity of the modern world, and by the increasing amount of knowledge necessary to deal with it, are not easily coped with by most citizens. The problem that arises in consequence is one of representation and participation in the political process.

Keywords: citizenship; participation; representation; Western Europe

Chapter.  10043 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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