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Democracy Transformed?: Expanding Political Opportunities in Advanced Industrial Democracies

Bruce E. Cain, Russell J. Dalton, and Susan E. Scarrow


This book examines how established democracies have responded to citizen demands for greater access, transparency, and accountability. In a series of coordinated chapters, a team of international collaborators assesses the extent of institutional reform in contemporary democracies, and evaluates how the core actors of representative democracy are responding to the new structures. Different sections examine change in electoral institutions and practices, and in citizen input and influence through non-electoral institutions such as courts, bureaucracies, and Freedom of Information laws. Concludi ... More

Keywords: access, transparency, accountability, representative democracy, electoral institutions, courts, bureaucracies, Freedom of Information laws

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Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199264995
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199264996.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce E. Cain, editor
Director, Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, Berkeley
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Russell J. Dalton, editor
Professor of Political Science, University of California, Irvine
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Susan E. Scarrow, editor
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Houston
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1 New Forms of Democracy? Reform and Transformation of Democratic Institutions

Russell J. Dalton, Susan E. Scarrow, and Bruce E. Cain

I Electoral Change

2 Expanding the Electoral Marketplace

Russell J. Dalton and Mark Gray

5 Changing Party Access to Elections

Shaun Bowler, Elisabeth Carter, and David M. Farrell

II Change in Non-electoral Institutions

7 Trends in Decentralization

Christopher Ansell and Jane Gingrich

8 Reforming the Administrative State

Christopher Ansell and Jane Gingrich

9 Participation, Representative Democracy, and the Courts

Rachel A. Cichowski and Alec Stone Sweet

III The Consequences of Political Reform

11 Democratic Publics and Democratic Institutions

Russell J. Dalton, Bruce E. Cain, and Susan E. Scarrow

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