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Beliefs in Government$
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Max Kaase and Kenneth Newton

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294726

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294727.001.0001

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Citizens and the State

Citizens and the State

(p.126) 6 Citizens and the State
Beliefs in Government

Max Kaase (Contributor Webpage)

Kenneth Newton (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the key issue of political sophistication of how far citizens in the countries of Western Europe regard themselves as citizens in the sense of accepting civic responsibilities and exerting influence over government. The tensions caused by the growing complexity of the modern world, and by the increasing amount of knowledge necessary to deal with it, are not easily coped with by most citizens. The problem that arises in consequence is one of representation and participation in the political process.

Keywords:   citizenship, participation, representation, Western Europe

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