The shock of the new? Democratic narratives and political agency

Hensby, Alexander and Driver, Stephen and Sibthorpe, Joanne (2012) The shock of the new? Democratic narratives and political agency. Policy Studies, 33 (2). pp. 159-172. ISSN 0144-2872. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/01442872.2011.637327) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Political parties were at the heart of the traditional narrative of British democracy. But parties as agents of political mobilisation are in decline. By contrast, membership of political pressure groups and social movement organisations has grown considerably. This shift in political activism is considered by some, but by no means all, to offer a radical alternative narrative of democratic participation. This article examines the organisational changes taking place behind this shift; and explores the extent to which more traditional models of political agency can be reformed in ways that supports and sustains the political activism at the core of a healthy democratic society.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: N. Gregory
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2014 13:19 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2014 15:46 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/42653 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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