Putting the Demos Back Into the Concept of Democratic Quality

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Putting the Demos Back Into the Concept of Democratic Quality

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dc.contributor.author Mayne, Quinton
dc.contributor.author Geissel, Brigitte
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-12T20:15:28Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier Quick submit: 2016-02-11T22:30:07-05:00
dc.identifier.citation Mayne, Quinton and Brigitte Geissel. 2016. Putting the demos back into the concept of democratic quality. International Political Science Review.Forthcoming. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:25286593
dc.description.abstract In this paper, we argue that the concept of democratic quality consists of two necessary, but independently insufficient, components. The first is an opportunity-structure component, which includes the institutional and structural opportunities that allow for democratic rule. The second is a citizen component, which refers to the ways in which citizens can and do breathe life into existing institutional opportunities for democratic rule. Based on work from political theory we show how different ontologies or models of democracy place different demands on citizens as much as they do on institutions. We demonstrate the need for quality-of-democracy research to engage with work in political behavior and political psychology, from which it has traditionally been disconnected. In doing so, we provide a parsimonious analytic framework for a theory-driven selection of indicators related to three key citizen dispositions: namely, democratic commitments, political capacities, and political participation. The paper ends with a brief discussion of important implications of our argument for the future study of democratic quality. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dash.license OAP
dc.subject citizens en_US
dc.subject "quality of democracy" en_US
dc.subject democratic commitments en_US
dc.subject "political capacity" en_US
dc.subject "political participation" en_US
dc.title Putting the Demos Back Into the Concept of Democratic Quality en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.date.updated 2016-02-12T03:30:08Z
dc.description.version Accepted Manuscript en_US
dc.rights.holder Quinton Mayne; Brigitte Geissel
dc.relation.journal International Political Science Review en_US
dash.depositing.author Mayne, Quinton
dc.date.available 2016-02-12T20:15:28Z

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