Democratic Publics and Democratic Institutions

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

in Democracy Transformed?

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

Series: Comparative Politics

 Democratic Publics and Democratic Institutions

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This chapter evaluates the evidence of institutional change presented in previous chapters in terms of Robert Dahl’s criteria for judging democracy: inclusion, political equality, enlightened understanding, control of the agenda, and effective participation. This discussion concludes that the sum of the changes across multiple governmental arenas does constitute a significant change in policy processes and in assumptions about who should be included in policy decisions. This still-changing relationship between citizens and the democratic state creates risks as well as benefits, placing new demands on both citizens and those who seek to represent them.

Keywords: inclusion; political equality; participation; citizens; democratic state

Chapter.  11608 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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