Bottom-up politics: riots and extra-parliamentary participation

Matt Qvortrup

in The Politics of Participation

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780719076589
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701560 | DOI:
Bottom-up politics: riots and extra-parliamentary participation

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This chapter considers the ‘illegal’—but not necessarily illegitimate—aspects of citizen politics, including terrorism. It considers a number of different forms of political engagement, all of which share the feature of being unrelated to representative democracy. Citizen government and involvement include a broad range of activities, legal as well as illegal, new as well as old. The discussion turns to the mechanisms through which the citizenry can be consulted other than the ballot box.

Keywords: citizen politics; political engagement; citizen government; terrorism

Chapter.  3440 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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