A Crisis of Democracy?

Max Kaase and Kenneth Newton

in Beliefs in Government

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294726
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599590 | DOI:

Series: Beliefs in Government

 A Crisis of Democracy?

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This chapter summarizes and assesses the various theories which suggest that democratic government in Western Europe is increasingly coming under strain, first, from an increasing complexity of political issues and interactions, and second, from a growing individualism and self‐centredness on the part of a public opinion that is increasingly well‐informed and politically active. The evidence collected by the ‘Beliefs in government’ project indicates that a new transnational public awareness may be emerging so that public policy issues (for example, environmental protection) can no longer be adequately addressed at the national level.

Keywords: beliefs in government; public opinion; Western Europe

Chapter.  8979 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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