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Democracy Distorted : Wealth, Influence and Democratic Politics - Jacob Rowbottom

Democracy Distorted

Wealth, Influence and Democratic Politics

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Published: 6th May 2010
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High-profile controversies surrounding the funding of political parties have shown how inequalities in wealth can enter the political process. The growth of the professional lobbying of MPs and the executive raises similar questions about money in politics. More broadly, inequalities emerge in terms of the opportunities the public have to participate in political debate. This analysis of the ways wealth can be used to influence politics in Britain explores the threat posed to the principle of political equality. As well as examining lobbying and party funding, the discussion also focuses on the ownership and control of the media, the chance to be heard on the internet and the impact of the privatisation of public spaces on rights to assemble and protest. Looking at this range of political activities, the author proposes various strategies designed to protect the integrity of British democracy and stop inequalities in wealth becoming inequalities in politics.

'Democracy Distorted is a detailed, scholarly, and compelling analysis of the argument that economic inequality is incompatible with full democracy ... The discussion throughout the book is detailed, clear, and highly informative.' Ron Johnston, Environment and Planning A

Political equality, wealth and democracy
Freedom to speak and freedom to spend
Strategies and reforms
Access, influence and lobbying
Beyond equal votes: election campaigns and political parties
Public spaces, property and participation
The mass media: democratic dreams and private propagandists
Participation in the digital era: a new distribution?
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521876650
ISBN-10: 0521876656
Series: Law in Context
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 6th May 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.5 x 18.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.66