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Citizens and Subjects : An Essay on British Politics - Tony Wright

Citizens and Subjects

An Essay on British Politics

Paperback Published: 13th December 1993
ISBN: 9780415049641
Number Of Pages: 157

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Citizens and Subjects is an essay on the nature and condition of democracy in Britain at the end of the twentieth century. It looks at the commonly held view that Britain is a model democracy, exposing it as a dangerous myth that inhibits both radical thought and actual constitutional change. The book looks at the tradition of political and constitutional thought in Britain and at contemporary political reality, revealing a wide gulf between the two.
Dr Wright, a respected teacher and academic recently elected a Labour MP, considers Britain's particularly acute form of a general problem of modern government. While the nation thinks of itself as a liberal democracy, its liberalism was in fact in place well before democracy came onto the agenda. From the outset, democracy was seen as a problem by both conservatives and liberals.
Constitutional issues have re-emerged on the political agenda in recent years. Dr Wright discusses the means by which we might move towards a pluralistic, open and participatory democracy; he also argues, however, that practical reforms will not be possible unless they are linked to a new tradition of radical constitutional thought.

Prefacep. vii
The Image and the Systemp. 1
The Place and the Problemp. 8
Democracy and the Constitution: New Wine, Old Bottlesp. 15
Dominocracyp. 22
Doubts and Discontentsp. 29
Representative Government Revisitedp. 36
Responsible Government Revisitedp. 43
Political Culture: Democracy Unvisitedp. 50
Democracy and Ideology: The Leftp. 57
Democracy and Ideology: The Rightp. 64
The Missing Traditionsp. 71
Centralism and Localismp. 78
Consumers, Producers and Citizensp. 85
Reconstructions I: Representationp. 92
Reconstructions II: Accountabilityp. 99
Reconstructions III: Participationp. 106
Reconstructions IV: Opennessp. 113
The End of Politics?p. 120
Becoming Citizensp. 126
Postscript on Prospectsp. 132
Notes and Referencesp. 136
Indexp. 152
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ISBN: 9780415049641
ISBN-10: 0415049644
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 157
Published: 13th December 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.9 x 14.02  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1