New Forms of Democracy? Reform and Transformation of Democratic Institutions

Russell J. Dalton, Susan E. Scarrow and Bruce E. Cain

in Democracy Transformed?

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780199264995
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603259 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

 New Forms of Democracy? Reform and Transformation of Democratic Institutions

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This chapter introduces this book’s examination of changing political institutions and practices in established democracies that provide citizens with access and participation opportunities. After describing past waves of democratic reform, it argues that in recent years reformers have been calling for changes to improve elections and representative democracy, while at the same time pushing for new forms of direct democracy and an expansion of advocacy democracy. The analyses presented in this book focus on three key principles of democratic politics: access, transparency, and accountability. They consider changes in rules and behavior in each of these areas, and ask whether the observed changes add up to a transformed style of democracy.

Keywords: participation; democratic reform; elections; representative democracy; direct democracy; advocacy democracy; access; transparency; accountability

Chapter.  9111 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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