Citizenship in Britain: Values, Participation and Democracy by Charles Pattie, Patrick Seyd, Paul Whiteley

By Charles Pattie, Patrick Seyd, Paul Whiteley

There are expanding issues approximately alterations in society and the economic system 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 offers 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 featuring new information, the authors supply a worldly dialogue of the idea that of citizenship, and the results of an absence of civic engagement in a latest democracy. It examines why a few individuals are 'good' voters while others are 'bad' and it explores the implications of citizenship for policy-makers and democracy. complete and available, this ebook makes a big contribution to our figuring out of civic attitudes in Britain at the present time and should entice scholars, researchers and policy-makers.

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12 Citizenship in Britain To some extent this framework has been eclipsed by new challenges to traditional theories of citizenship and we examine some of these next. Contemporary debates about citizenship There are three important contemporary debates about the nature of citizenship which have preoccupied writers in recent years. These are about transnational citizenship and a possible decline in the nation-state arising from globalisation; issues concerning multiculturalism and the growth of heterogeneous populations in many countries; and also feminist perspectives on citizenship which challenge traditional theories for being male-dominated or patriarchal.

Chapter 2 starts this exercise by exploring individual attitudes and values and investigates whether Britons think that their political system is responsive to their needs and works efficiently or whether it is unresponsive and inefficient. A key issue in investigating attitudes is individual perceptions of efficacy, or the feeling that they can make a difference to politics and their lives if they participate. In our conception, citizenship is defined in terms of rights and obligations and this chapter investigates public perceptions What is Citizenship?

Among the elected institutions, it is noteworthy that the public trusts local government more than national government, the House of Commons, or the parties from which government ministers are drawn. Perhaps local government’s closer proximity to the people, in the sense that it is involved in the provision of many day-to-day services, accounts for this higher level of trust. There is a paradox here, however, in that while people trust local government more than other elected institutions, they are less likely to vote in local than national government elections.

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