Democracy and participation

Somerville, Peter (2011) Democracy and participation. Policy & Politics, 39 (3). pp. 417-437. ISSN 0305-5736

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The meaning of democracy is complex and contested (Gaventa, 2006: 21), and yet at its heart lies a simple and commonly understood idea. Similarly, participation is a deceptively
simple notion in principle but in practice seems to be understood in many different ways. This paper interrogates these two concepts and attempts to clarify the relationship
between them. As a Thematic Review paper, it focuses on debates relevant to interpreting and enacting democracy and participation, such as that on alleged ‘democratic deficits’. For reasons of brevity, the paper examines political decision making without reference to the
different scales (local, national, etc) on which such decision making occurs.

Keywords:democratisation, neoliberalisation, representation, association, deliberation
Subjects:L Social studies > L200 Politics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:12 Jan 2012 21:15

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