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Mending democracy: democratic repair in disconnected times

Mending democracy: democratic repair in disconnected times
Mending democracy: democratic repair in disconnected times
The fabric of democracy is threadbare in many contemporary societies. Connections that are vital to the functioning and integrity of our democratic systems are wearing thin. Citizens are increasingly disconnected from their elected representatives and from each other in polarised public spheres, and alienated from complex systems of public policy. In such disconnected times, how can we strengthen and renew our democracies?

This book develops the idea of democratic mending as a way of advancing a more connective approach to democratic reform. It is informed by three rich empirical cases of connectivity in practice, as well as cutting-edge debates in deliberative democracy.

The empirical cases uncover empowering and transformative modes of political engagement that are vital for democratic renewal. The diverse actors in this book are not withdrawing, resisting or seeking autonomy from conventional institutions of representative democracy but actively experimenting with ways to improve and engage with them. Through their everyday practices of democratic mending they undertake crucial systemic repair work and strengthen the integrity of our democratic fabric in ways that are yet to be fully acknowledged by scholars and practitioners of democratic reform.
democratic reform, political participation, deliberative democracy, interpretive research, democratic mending
Oxford University Press
Hendriks, Carolyn M
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Ercan, Selen A.
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Boswell, John
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Hendriks, Carolyn M
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Ercan, Selen A.
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Boswell, John
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Hendriks, Carolyn M, Ercan, Selen A. and Boswell, John (2020) Mending democracy: democratic repair in disconnected times , Oxford. Oxford University Press, 208pp.

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Abstract

The fabric of democracy is threadbare in many contemporary societies. Connections that are vital to the functioning and integrity of our democratic systems are wearing thin. Citizens are increasingly disconnected from their elected representatives and from each other in polarised public spheres, and alienated from complex systems of public policy. In such disconnected times, how can we strengthen and renew our democracies?

This book develops the idea of democratic mending as a way of advancing a more connective approach to democratic reform. It is informed by three rich empirical cases of connectivity in practice, as well as cutting-edge debates in deliberative democracy.

The empirical cases uncover empowering and transformative modes of political engagement that are vital for democratic renewal. The diverse actors in this book are not withdrawing, resisting or seeking autonomy from conventional institutions of representative democracy but actively experimenting with ways to improve and engage with them. Through their everyday practices of democratic mending they undertake crucial systemic repair work and strengthen the integrity of our democratic fabric in ways that are yet to be fully acknowledged by scholars and practitioners of democratic reform.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 August 2020
Published date: 20 October 2020
Keywords: democratic reform, political participation, deliberative democracy, interpretive research, democratic mending

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Local EPrints ID: 444218
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/444218
PURE UUID: af976fe3-acd4-480e-bfaa-55529a3ca22e
ORCID for John Boswell: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3018-8791

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Date deposited: 01 Oct 2020 16:34
Last modified: 09 Mar 2021 02:43

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Author: Carolyn M Hendriks
Author: Selen A. Ercan
Author: John Boswell ORCID iD

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