Citizens, Protest and Democracy

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SAGE Publications, Jul 1, 1993 - Social Science - 213 pages
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This volume focuses on how citizen action groups are transforming the nature of contemporary democratic politics. Contributors assess how three decades of action groups have affected advanced industrial nations. Emphasis is placed on groups and activities identified as `new social movements' in Europe and as `new-left citizen action groups' in the USA. Account is taken of the counter groups generated and the use of direct action and protest by a wide range of societal groups. The focus, however, is upon groups identified with the new political forces of advanced industrial societies, such as environmentalism and the women's movement.

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Russell Dalton is a professor at the University of California, Irvine and former director of the Center for the Study of Democracy. His research and teaching focuses on the changing nature of citizen politics in contemporary democracies. He has received a Fulbright Research Fellowship, a German Marshall Fund Fellowship, Barbra Streisand Center Fellowship and POSCO Research Fellowship. He has served on the boards of the American National Election Study, the British Election Study and the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems. Among his recent authored or edited books are The Apartisan American (2012), Political Parties and Democratic Linkage (2011), Citizens, Context and Choice (2011), The Good Citizen (2009), Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior (2007), Citizens, Democracy and Markets around the Pacific Rim (2006), Democratic Challenges, Democratic Choices: The Erosion of Political Support in Advanced Industrial Democracies (2004), Democracy Transformed? The Expansion of Citizen Access in Advanced Industrial Democracies (2003), and Parties without Partisans: Political Change in Advanced Industrial Democracies (co-editor, 2001). He has also appeared in six feature-length Hollywood movies.

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