Rethinking Civic Participation in Democratic Theory and Practice

  • Rod Dacombe

Part of the The Theories, Concepts and Practices of Democracy book series (PSTCD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 191-212

About this book


This book makes an important contribution to contemporary debates over the place of civic participation in democratic theory and practice. Drawing on a detailed case study of the Blackbird Leys area of Oxford, the book employs a novel empirical approach to ask whether widespread participation in civic life can enhance the prospects for democracy, given the low levels of participation which tend to exist in deprived areas. Throughout, it presents an account of participation rooted in the history and development of the case, in order to avoid the kinds of abstraction which are characteristic of many existing studies in the area. The book will appeal to scholars working on democratic theory in applied settings, and will be of interest to anyone concerned with inequalities in civic participation.


democratic theory and practice Blackbird Leys Oxford prospects for democracy political participation in deprived areas economic stability and political participation inequalities in civic participation civic participation in contemporary democracy privilege and political participation British political participation poverty and political participation strengths and weaknesses of British democracy economic disparity and democratic participation community structure and stability neighbourhood stabliity

Authors and affiliations

  • Rod Dacombe
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  1. 1.King’s College LondonLondonGermany

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