Decline of Participation



The previous chapter analysed contemporary formations and dynamics of citizenship and sovereignty in Chile and Argentina, and examined developments within the political elites. Yet in order to understand such trends fully, it is necessary to analyse the role of the citizen in the new democratic polity. This is the purpose of the following two chapters. Chapter 6 will assess the impact of new constructions of citizenship in Chile and Argentina, but before we embark on this analysis, it is important to tackle the question of participation and to chart the fate of the participatory model. Chapter 5, therefore, examines what has become of the active citizen participation characteristic of the transitional periods, especially activity associated with political parties, and follows on to explore the fate of the social movements which formed the core of anti-military dissent. Both trends are assessed with a view to their implications for the participatory model of citizenship.


Civil Society Political Party Social Movement Political Participation Citizen Participation 
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© Lucy Taylor 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of International PoliticsUniversity of WalesAberystwythUSA

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