The radicalism of the republican politics elaborated by the New Left is best gauged by understanding the notions of citizenship prevalent at mid-century, and the manner in which they changed. Continuing debates on how to extend the social privileges of citizenship to the poor, or on the need to prevent a dangerous political participation by the mass of voters, were replaced by a renewed republican interest in the locality – whether it be the city or the workplace – as the best means of making citizen participation active.


Trade Union Direct Democracy Active Citizenship Labour Party Participatory Democracy 
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© Geoffrey Foote 2005

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  • Geoffrey Foote
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  1. 1.University of TeesideUK

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