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Democracy and Interest Groups
Enhancing Participation?
 
 
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24 Aug 2007
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In an era of widespread concern about a decline in political and civic activity (and party decline) Democracy and Interest Groups assesses the contribution groups make to the democratic involvement of citizens. It examines how interest groups are formed and how they maintain themselves - focussing specifically on the under-researched supply-side dimension of group membership: i.e. how groups generate and stimulate citizen involvement. The volume includes new surveys of, and in-depth interviews with, campaign group leaders and new survey data on the reasons members of environmental groups advance for their participation and almost uniquely survey data on the reasons potential members of environmental groups (i.e. citizens with strong pro-environmental attitudes that would suggest membership) advance for their nonparticipation.


Description

In an era of widespread concern about a decline in political and civic activity (and party decline) Democracy and Interest Groups assesses the contribution groups make to the democratic involvement of citizens. It examines how interest groups are formed and how they maintain themselves - focussing specifically on the under-researched supply-side dimension of group membership: i.e. how groups generate and stimulate citizen involvement. The volume includes new surveys of, and in-depth interviews with, campaign group leaders and new survey data on the reasons members of environmental groups advance for their participation and almost uniquely survey data on the reasons potential members of environmental groups (i.e. citizens with strong pro-environmental attitudes that would suggest membership) advance for their nonparticipation.


Reviews

'This is an innovative text which combines a solid theoretical analysis with the results of a substantial research project.  The text should be read by any scholar with an interest in the broad field of participation and would make a welcome addition to any academic library.' - Political Studies Review


Contents

Looking for Democracy: The Democratic Contribution of Membership Based Interest Groups
The Collective Action Paradox: What Incentives Induce Participation? Olson Defied?
Making Interests: Creating Members?
The Business of Building Group Membership
Understanding Joining - and Not Joining
The Social Capital and Democratic Potential of Campaigning Organizations
Reinforcing Polyarchy: What Groups do for Democracy?


Authors

GRANT JORDAN is Professor of Politics at Aberdeen University, UK. His first book (with Jeremy Richardson) was Governing Under Pressure (1979). Other major titles are Shell, Greenpeace and Brent Spar (2001); The British Administrative System (1994); Government and Pressure Groups in Britain (1987); The Protest Business (1997) with William A. Maloney; and Engineers and Professional Self-Regulation (1992).

WILLIAM A. MALONEY is Professor of Politics, University of Newcastle, UK. His major research outputs include: The European Automobile Industry (1999) with Andrew McLaughlin; The Protest Business (1997) with Grant Jordan; and Managing Policy Change in Britain (1994) with Jeremy Richardson. He has recently completed an edited research volume (with Sigrid Roßteutscher) Social Capital and Associations in European Democracies (2006).