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Groups, Representation and Democracy

Between Promise and Practice

Groups, Representation and Democracy by Darren R. Halpin
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Whether called pressure groups, NGOs, social movement organisations or organised civil society, the value of 'groups' to the policy process, to economic growth, to governance, to political representation and to democracy has always been contested. However, there seems to be a contemporary resurgence in this debate largely centred on their democratising potential: can groups effectively link citizens to political institutions and policy processes? Are groups an antidote to emerging democratic deficits? Or do groups themselves face challenges in demonstrating their legitimacy and representativeness?This book debates the democratic potential and practice of groups; focussing on the vibrancy of internal democracies, and modes of accountability with those who join such groups and to the constituencies they advocate for. It draws on literatures covering national, European and global levels, and presents new empirical material from the UK and Australia.
Manchester University Press; July 2013
288 pages; ISBN 9781847796967
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Title: Groups, Representation and Democracy
Author: Darren R. Halpin
 
ISBNs
9780719076527
9781847793027
9781847796967