#5PAPERS – Week 1 Day 2

by Nivek K Thompson

Here is Day 2’s article

1.Reference to the Article 

Dalton R.J. Citizenship Norms and the Expansion of Political Participation. Political Studies. 2008, vol.56(1):76-98.

  1. What attracted me to this Article?

My research will be considering, amongst other things, on how political elites understand their role and the role of citizens in political decision-making. I need to build my understanding of how citizen participation is conceptualised.

  1. What is it about? (Problem / Purpose / Research Questions)

Dalton is considering whether political participation has declined or whether it has simply taken a new form.

  1. Where does this come from? (Literature / Theoretical Framework)

Literature review and data analysis (see below)

  1. What did they do? (Methodology & Method)

Analysed data from the 2005 Center for Democracy and Civil Society (CDAS) survey as well as assessing other longitudinal studies.

  1. What did they learn? (Results / Discussion)

That ‘rather than disengagement, the repertoire of political action is broadening.’ p93 Dalton sees this as primarily a generational change.

Political participation is changing from ‘duty-based citizenship norms’ which focus on voting and other institutionalised involvement to ‘engaged citizenship’ which relates to participation in civil society and broader political activity.

  1. What did I learn?

That there is a significant body of academic material on citizens’ political participation, which may be relevant to my PhD research.

Dalton suggests that people are participating where they can have an influence, which is relevant to the area of democratic innovations and to yesterday’s paper about empowered deliberation.

Whilst I agree that democracy is more than voting I don’t think voting is unimportant and other activities shouldn’t replace voting, they should supplement it.