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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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A Crisis of Democracy?

A Crisis of Democracy?

(p.150) 7 A Crisis of Democracy?
Beliefs in Government

Max Kaase (Contributor Webpage)

Kenneth Newton (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes and assesses the various theories which suggest that democratic government in Western Europe is increasingly coming under strain, first, from an increasing complexity of political issues and interactions, and second, from a growing individualism and self‐centredness on the part of a public opinion that is increasingly well‐informed and politically active. The evidence collected by the ‘Beliefs in government’ project indicates that a new transnational public awareness may be emerging so that public policy issues (for example, environmental protection) can no longer be adequately addressed at the national level.

Keywords:   beliefs in government, public opinion, Western Europe

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