Activating the Citizen

Dilemmas of Participation in Europe and Canada

  • Joan DeBardeleben
  • Jon H. Pammett

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Joan DeBardeleben, Jon H. Pammett
      Pages 1-14
  3. Defining the Participation Gap

  4. Voter Turnout: Understanding the Decline

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. André Blais, Agnieszka Dobrzynska
      Pages 63-82
    3. Jørgen Elklit, Lise Togeby
      Pages 83-105
  5. Parties as Vehicles of Participation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Luciano Bardi, Enrico Calossi
      Pages 151-172
  6. Beyond Elections and Parties: Innovations in Activating Citizens

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 276-306

About this book


The decline of citizen involvement affects two key elements of democratic government: elections and political parties. Activating the Citizen examines the reasons underlying citizen withdrawal and explores and assesses innovative approaches on both sides of the Atlantic to try to counter these phenomena.


constitution elections Electoral Europe European Parliament Government Institution parliament participation Political Parties voter voter turnout

Editors and affiliations

  • Joan DeBardeleben
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jon H. Pammett
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of EuropeanRussian
  2. 2.Eurasian StudiesCarleton UniversityCanada
  3. 3.Department of Political ScienceCarleton UniversityCanada

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