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Adding processes of direct democracy to an assessment of political participation


Peterlevitz, Tiago (2011). Adding processes of direct democracy to an assessment of political participation. c2d Working Papers Series 39, Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau (ZDA) at the University of Zurich.

Abstract

Since Robert Dahl coined the concept polyarchy, several attempts were made to develop indices that aim to measure citizens' political participation in a given polity. The present paper evaluates these efforts and shows that most of them equal the mentioned dimension to the extension of suffrage. This considerably 'thin' notion of participation has been criticized and was later enriched by other elements, most notably measures of voter turnout. With the growing number of works that catalogue and examine different processes of direct democracy, it is possible to further improve these indicators. This paper is an initial attempt to build an index that takes into consideration voter turnout and processes of direct democracy in an assessment of political participation.

Since Robert Dahl coined the concept polyarchy, several attempts were made to develop indices that aim to measure citizens' political participation in a given polity. The present paper evaluates these efforts and shows that most of them equal the mentioned dimension to the extension of suffrage. This considerably 'thin' notion of participation has been criticized and was later enriched by other elements, most notably measures of voter turnout. With the growing number of works that catalogue and examine different processes of direct democracy, it is possible to further improve these indicators. This paper is an initial attempt to build an index that takes into consideration voter turnout and processes of direct democracy in an assessment of political participation.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:Working Paper Series > C2D Working Paper Series
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
340 Law
900 History
Uncontrolled Keywords:Political participation, participation measurement, processes of direct democracy, voter turnout
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:31 Mar 2014 14:34
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:48
Series Name:c2d Working Papers Series
Number of Pages:28
ISSN:1662-8152 (E)
Related URLs:http://www.c2d.ch
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-94794

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