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Groups as agents of democracy?

Darren Halpin

in Groups, Representation and Democracy

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780719076527
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701690 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719076527.003.0001
Groups as agents of democracy?

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This chapter argues that the reason why groups are gaining more renewed interest is their ‘democratizing’ qualities. Does their incorporation into governance structures help democratize those structures? This book examines interest group organizations against the backdrop of this ongoing debate. Groups are important vehicles for injecting ‘voice’ into the public sphere and keeping the ‘conversation’ going. Much of the disagreement over whether groups are agents of democracy can be traced back to differing starting points. This chapter identifies several separate threads in the literature which have converged to focus scholarly attention upon groups.

Keywords: democratic governance; public sphere; democracy; groups; interest group

Chapter.  10321 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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