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The Conception of Citizen Knowledge in Democratic Theory


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Lauri Rapeli
    Pages 1-17
  3. Lauri Rapeli
    Pages 79-88
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 89-117

About this book


What according to democratic theorists should the ordinary citizen know about politics? What does several decades of empirical research about citizens' political knowledge tell us? And why should we care? This book offers a comprehensive outline of the vast literature on political knowledge and by providing an analytical framework for its studying


care empirical research knowledge politics research

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Aronia Research InstituteFinland

About the authors

Dr. Lauri Rapeli is a Senior Researcher at the Aronia Research and Development Institute in Raseborg, Finland and a research fellow at the University of Turku. He has previously also worked as a researcher at Åbo Akademi University. Rapeli is also a member of the Finnish national election study consortium.

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