Chapter

A Macro Setting for Micro Politics

Jan W. Van Deth

in The Impact of Values

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294757
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599040 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198294751.003.0003

Series: Beliefs in Government

A Macro Setting for Micro Politics

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The main element of a macro setting for micro politics in advanced industrial societies is the effect of increasing economic development on increasing levels of government activity. The chapter provides a brief overview of these twin processes, looking first at several aspects of economic development over recent decades and its correlates in terms of rising levels of education, increasing mobility and communication, and the position of women in society, and then at corresponding growth and shifts in government intervention over the same period. The final part of the chapter looks at the characteristics of the political processes in Western Europe in terms of involvement and protest.

Keywords: economic development; government intervention; social mobility; Western Europe

Chapter.  8484 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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