Political Citizenship, Activism and Socialist Beliefs
It has become fashionable to associate the rise of new forms of political activism with a renaissance of active citizenship, in ‘new social movements’, and a decline of bureaucratic, corporatist-style, politics (Crook et al., 1992, pp. 147–154). Prompted, perhaps, by ‘Red—Green’ coalitions in continental Europe, some analysts foresee strategic alliances between traditional left-wing politics and the ‘green/peace’ movements (Parry et al., 1992, p. 426). However, this focus on the grass-roots activism of new social movements tends to neglect the alternative possibility of a corresponding decline of lay political activism between the mass political parties and the mainstream of the representative democracy — a decline which might, if widespread, have serious implications for the efficacy and mass legitimacy of the broader democratic system.
KeywordsSocial Movement Trade Union Party Member Public Ownership Labour Party
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.