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By Charles Pattie, Patrick Seyd, Paul Whiteley

There are expanding matters approximately adjustments in society and the economic climate that are undermining the effectiveness of democracy and weakening conventional conceptions of citizenship. What does it suggest to be a British citizen within the early a part of the twenty first century? This ebook provides the 1st significant empirical research of citizenship in Britain, comprising surveys of political participation and voluntary actions, and of the ideals and values which underpin them. in addition to offering new information, the authors supply a worldly dialogue of the concept that of citizenship, and the implications of an absence of civic engagement in a contemporary democracy. It examines why a few individuals are 'good' voters whilst others are 'bad' and it explores the implications of citizenship for policy-makers and democracy. entire and obtainable, this e-book makes an enormous contribution to our knowing of civic attitudes in Britain at the present time and should entice scholars, researchers and policy-makers.

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The chapter concludes by investigating whether the attitudes and values which people share are supportive of governance in Britain or make it more difficult. Chapter 3 looks at the second important aspect of citizenship, individual behaviour, particularly in relation to political participation. Such participation involves activities such as voting, joining interest groups, contacting public officials and campaigning. But it also includes protesting, taking part in demonstrations and being involved in political strikes.

The public’s greater trust of non-elected personnel, such as the police and civil servants, is consistent over time. See, for example, Jowell and Topf, 1988: 112. 62 Source: Weighted 2000 face-to-face survey. N = c2,983; N = c246 (Scotland); N = c130 (Wales). Statement: ‘And now your views on various institutions. Do you trust . ’ Respondents were given an 11-point scale ranging from 0 (‘do not trust at all’) to 10 (‘trust completely’). ∗ Asked of respondents residing in Scotland and Wales only.

Similarly, Michael Mann (1987) has argued that in some societies social rights have been seen as direct substitutes for civil rights rather than as complements to them. Thus fascist and communist regimes provided little or no civil rights, but quite extensive social rights, particularly in the case of the Soviet-style communist regimes. Fraser and Gordon (1998) suggest that the strong civil rights tradition of the United States, with its emphasis on individual rights and the sanctity of contracts, has served to inhibit the development of social rights.

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