Democracy in Transition

Political Participation in the European Union

  • Kyriakos N. Demetriou

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Kyriakos N. Demetriou
    Pages 1-17
  3. Theorizing Political Participation

  4. The Internet and Political Participation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
  5. Case Studies

About this book

Introduction

The papers in this collection, written by a cross-regional group of experts, provide insights into the causes of declining levels of citizen participation and other distinct forms of civic activism in Europe and explore a range of factors contributing to apathy and eventually disengagement from vital political processes and institutions. At the same time, this volume examines informal or unconventional types of civic engagement and political participation corresponding to the rapid advances in culture, technology and social networking. The volume is divided into three interrelated parts: Part I consists of critical essays in the form of theoretical approaches to analysing weakening political participation and citizen estrangement; Part II is dedicated to an exploration of the role and deployment of technologically advanced media, such as the internet, as determinants of changing patterns of political participationist behaviour. Finally, Part III presents findings of empirical research on the issue of political participation. Combining theoretical and empirical perspectives, the book contributes towards a better understanding of the disquieting trend of voter apathy and disenchantment with politics in the context of the ongoing process of European integration, and offers a variety of analytical tools for decoding both the emergence of alternative conceptualizations of citizenship and other forms of meaningful civic and political engagement.

Keywords

Democracy E-Democracy European Integration European Union Political Participation

Editors and affiliations

  • Kyriakos N. Demetriou
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of Social and Political ScienUniversity of CyprusNicosiaCyprus

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-30068-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-30067-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-30068-4
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