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Centripetal Democracy: Democratic Legitimacy and Political Identity in Belgium, Switzerland, and the European Union

Joseph Lacey

Abstract

Centripetal democracy is the idea that legitimate democratic institutions set in motion forms of citizen practice and representative behaviour that serve as powerful drivers of political identity formation. Partisan modes of political representation in the context of multifaceted electoral and direct democratic voting opportunities are emphasized on this model. There is, however, a strain of thought predominant in political theory that doubts the democratic capacities of political systems constituted by multiple public spheres. This view is referred to as the lingua franca thesis on sustainabl ... More

Keywords: Democratic legitimacy, lingua franca, political representation, direct democracy, public sphere, demoi-cracy, centripetal theory, European Union, Belgium, Switzerland

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198796886
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198796886.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Lacey, author
Junior Research Fellow in Politics, University College, University of Oxford