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Vital Democracy: A Theory of Democracy in Action

Frank Hendriks


Vital Democracy outlines a theory of democracy in action, based on four elementary forms of democracy – pendulum, consensus, voter, and participatory democracy – that are thoroughly analysed, compared, and related to both the literature and the real world of democracy. Just as a few primary colours produce an array of shades, a few basic models of democracy appear, the author argues, to constitute a wide range of democratic variants in real life. Focusing on tried and tested democratic institutions, Frank Hendriks shows that the four models of democracy – with their divergent patt ... More

Keywords: vital democracy, consensus democracy, pendulum democracy, voter democracy, participatory democracy, citizenship, leadership, political culture, democratic reform, good governance, comparative politics, public administration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199572786
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572786.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank Hendriks, author
Professor of Comparative Governance at Tilburg University, the Netherlands.
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