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Introduction: Extra-Parliamentary Politics

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On 14 February 2002 a by-election took place in the Parliamentary constituency of Ogmore in South Wales. Slightly in excess of 18,000 of the constituency’s 51,325 electors bothered to vote, a turnout of 31.3 per cent. News of this event was tucked away on page 13 of the Guardian newspaper on 16 February. This illustrated that the lack of public interest in conventional politics (which, as Chapter 2 discusses, was a feature of the 2001 general election) has not been subsequently remedied and that large numbers of citizens (including many of those who were previously regarded as civic-minded) (Hansard Society, 2001: 1) remain disengaged from this process, providing stark evidence of the existence of a profound ‘crisis in democratic politics’ (Whiteley et al., 2001: 786). This book is concerned with examining why this is the case, and evaluating alternative methods of political articulation which are collectively referred to as extra-parliamentary political action.

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  • European Union
  • Civil Disobedience
  • Labour Party
  • Crowd Behaviour
  • Political Toleration

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Joyce, P. (2002). Introduction: Extra-Parliamentary Politics. In: The Politics of Protest. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781403990235_1

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