Models of Democracy

  • Ian R. Lamond
  • Chelsea Reid


Having established that our area of interest is the way the mass media has represented what it means to be an active member of a democracy, we consider what might constitute a democratic context. Beginning with an overview of the emergence of direct democracy in ancient Athens, we consider the growth of representational democratic systems in England and the UK. Starting with the signing of the Magna Carta we move on to the expansion of the electoral franchise from the early nineteenth century onwards. We then critically reflect on a range of better known models of democracy in order to establish some core characteristics of what democratic participation might mean.


Democratic theory Participatory democracy Habermas Mouffe 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian R. Lamond
    • 1
  • Chelsea Reid
    • 2
  1. 1.Leeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Leeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUnited Kingdom

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