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Political Disaffection in Contemporary Democracies : Social Capital, Institutions and Politics - Mariano Torcal

Political Disaffection in Contemporary Democracies

Social Capital, Institutions and Politics

Hardcover Published: 2nd March 2006
ISBN: 9780415340663
Number Of Pages: 400

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Citizens of many democracies are becoming more critical of basic political institutions and detached and disaffected from politics in general.


This is a new comparative analysis of this trend that focuses on major democracies throughout Latin America, Asia and Central Europe. It brings together leading scholars to address three key areas of the current debate:


  • the conceptual discussion surrounding political disaffection

  • the factors causing voters to turn away from politics

  • the actual consequences for democracy

This is a highly relevant topic as representative democracies are coming to face new developments. It deals with the reasons and consequences of the so called 'democratic deficit' in a systematic way that enables the reader to develop a well-rounded sense of the area and its main debates.

This book is an invaluable resource for all students of political science, sociology, cultural studies and comparative politics.

Political disaffection in comparative perspectivep. 3
Political disaffection as an outcome of institutional practices? : some post-Tocquevillean speculationsp. 23
The multidimensionality of political support for new democracies : conceptual redefinition and empirical refinementp. 46
Institutional confidence and social trust : aggregate and individual relationsp. 81
Democracy and involvement : the benevolent aspects of social participationp. 101
Understanding the relationship between social capital and political disaffection in the new post-communist democraciesp. 130
Political disaffection and democratization history in new democraciesp. 157
Confidence in parliaments : performance, representation, and accountabilityp. 190
Political disaffection and political performance : Norway, 1957-2001p. 215
Italy, forty years of political disaffection : a longitudinal explorationp. 244
Does protest signify disaffection? : demonstrators in a postindustrial democracyp. 279
Political participation, information, and accountability : some consequences of political disaffection in new democraciesp. 308
Some basic conclusions about political disaffection in contemporary democraciesp. 335
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ISBN: 9780415340663
ISBN-10: 0415340667
Series: Routledge Research in Comparative Politics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 2nd March 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 16.05  x 3.05
Weight (kg): 0.72
Edition Number: 1