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Democracy Transformed?Expanding Political Opportunities in Advanced Industrial Democracies$
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Bruce E. Cain, Russell J. Dalton, and Susan E. Scarrow

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199264995

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199264996.001.0001

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New Forms of Democracy? Reform and Transformation of Democratic Institutions

New Forms of Democracy? Reform and Transformation of Democratic Institutions

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(p.1) 1 New Forms of Democracy? Reform and Transformation of Democratic Institutions
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Democracy Transformed?
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Russell J. Dalton (Contributor Webpage)

Susan E. Scarrow (Contributor Webpage)

Bruce E. Cain (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199264996.003.0001

This chapter introduces this book’s examination of changing political institutions and practices in established democracies that provide citizens with access and participation opportunities. After describing past waves of democratic reform, it argues that in recent years reformers have been calling for changes to improve elections and representative democracy, while at the same time pushing for new forms of direct democracy and an expansion of advocacy democracy. The analyses presented in this book focus on three key principles of democratic politics: access, transparency, and accountability. They consider changes in rules and behavior in each of these areas, and ask whether the observed changes add up to a transformed style of democracy.

Keywords:   participation, democratic reform, elections, representative democracy, direct democracy, advocacy democracy, access, transparency, accountability

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