Ruling the Void: The Hollowing of Western Democracy

3.98 avg rating
( 97 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781844673247: Ruling the Void: The Hollowing of Western Democracy

In the long-established democracies of Western Europe, electoral turnouts are in decline, membership is shrinking in the major parties, and those who remain loyal partisans are sapped of enthusiasm. Peter Mair’s new book weighs the impact of these changes, which together show that, after a century of democratic aspiration, electorates are deserting the political arena. Mair examines the alarming parallel development that has seen Europe’s political elites remodel themselves as a homogeneous professional class, withdrawing into state institutions that offer relative stability in a world of fickle voters. Meanwhile, non-democratic agencies and practices proliferate and gain credibility—not least among them the European Union itself, an organization contributing to the depoliticization of the member states and one whose notorious ‘democratic deficit’ reflects the deliberate intentions of its founders.

Ruling the Void
offers an authoritative and chilling assessment of the prospects for popular political representation today, not only in the varied democracies of Europe but throughout the developed world.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Peter Mair (1951–2011) was one of the leading political scientists of his generation. He studied at University College Dublin and the University of Leiden, and worked at universities in Ireland, the U.K., the Netherlands and Italy, finally becoming Professor of Comparative Politics at the European University Institute, Florence. His books include Party System Change and, with Stefano Bartolini, Identity, Competition and Electoral Availability.

Review:

 ‘Peter Mair was one of the leading scholars in the area of comparative politics. He was especially noted for his path-breaking work on change in both political party organizations and party systems ... and his insights into the intersections of politics and society were always worth hearing and reading.’
ALAN WARE, Professor of Politics at Oxford University and author of The American Direct Primary

‘Peter Mair was one of the true greats of European political science, and one of the leading lights in the field of comparative politics. This was the most brilliant of minds and the most prolific of scholars.’
DAVID FARRELL, President of the Political Studies Association of Ireland and author of Electoral Systems

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 26.95
US$ 16.57

Convert Currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Peter Mair
Published by Verso Books, United Kingdom (2013)
ISBN 10: 1844673243 ISBN 13: 9781844673247
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Verso Books, United Kingdom, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 218 x 140 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. The argument that Western democracy is being hollowed out, as political participation declines and party allegiance weakens, is now widely cited. Yet the indicators can be uncertain and until now there hasn t been a comprehensive comparative study. Ruling the Void analyzes democratic trends over the last few decades, in Europe and America, and argues that there are two complementary processes at work. Popular disengagement, and the withdrawal of political elites from a representative role, are both contributing to the death of the political party - and with it the characteristic form of Western democracy. This landmark study will become a reference point for anyone interested in the future of representative democracy. Bookseller Inventory # AAJ9781844673247

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.57
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Peter Mair
ISBN 10: 1844673243 ISBN 13: 9781844673247
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97818446732470000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.58
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Peter Mair
Published by Verso Books, United Kingdom (2013)
ISBN 10: 1844673243 ISBN 13: 9781844673247
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Verso Books, United Kingdom, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 218 x 140 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. The argument that Western democracy is being hollowed out, as political participation declines and party allegiance weakens, is now widely cited. Yet the indicators can be uncertain and until now there hasn t been a comprehensive comparative study. Ruling the Void analyzes democratic trends over the last few decades, in Europe and America, and argues that there are two complementary processes at work. Popular disengagement, and the withdrawal of political elites from a representative role, are both contributing to the death of the political party - and with it the characteristic form of Western democracy. This landmark study will become a reference point for anyone interested in the future of representative democracy. Bookseller Inventory # AAJ9781844673247

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Mair, Peter
ISBN 10: 1844673243 ISBN 13: 9781844673247
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2013. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VR-9781844673247

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

MAIR, PETER
Published by Penguin Random House
ISBN 10: 1844673243 ISBN 13: 9781844673247
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Random House. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 1844673243

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.67
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Peter Mair
Published by Verso Books 2013-08-15 (2013)
ISBN 10: 1844673243 ISBN 13: 9781844673247
New Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Verso Books 2013-08-15, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # NU-MAR-00029604

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.45
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.80
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Mair, Peter
ISBN 10: 1844673243 ISBN 13: 9781844673247
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 6698113

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.15
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Mair, Peter
ISBN 10: 1844673243 ISBN 13: 9781844673247
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2013. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9781844673247

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.76
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Peter Mair
Published by Verso Books 2013-08-06, London (2013)
ISBN 10: 1844673243 ISBN 13: 9781844673247
New paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Verso Books 2013-08-06, London, 2013. paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9781844673247

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.02
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.82
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Peter Mair
Published by Verso Books, United Kingdom (2013)
ISBN 10: 1844673243 ISBN 13: 9781844673247
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Verso Books, United Kingdom, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 218 x 140 mm. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. The argument that Western democracy is being hollowed out, as political participation declines and party allegiance weakens, is now widely cited. Yet the indicators can be uncertain and until now there hasn t been a comprehensive comparative study. Ruling the Void analyzes democratic trends over the last few decades, in Europe and America, and argues that there are two complementary processes at work. Popular disengagement, and the withdrawal of political elites from a representative role, are both contributing to the death of the political party - and with it the characteristic form of Western democracy. This landmark study will become a reference point for anyone interested in the future of representative democracy. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9781844673247

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 21.34
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book