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Organizing Democracy : Reflections on the Rise of Political Organizations in the Nineteenth Century

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This book explores the new types of political organization that emerged in Western Europe and the United States during the nineteenth century, from popular meetings to single-issue organizations and political parties. The development of these has often been used to demonstrate a movement towards democratic representation or political institutionalization. This volume challenges the idea that the development of ‘democracy’ is a story of rise and progress at all. It is rather a story of continuous but never completely satisfying attempts of interpreting the rule of the people. Taking the perspective of nineteenth-century organizers as its point of departure, this study shows that contemporaries hardly distinguished between petitioning, meeting and association. The attraction of organizing was that it promised representation, accountability and popular participation. Only in the twentieth century did parties reliable partners for the state in averting revolution, managing the unpredictable effects of universal suffrage, and reforming society. This collection analyzes them in their earliest stage, as just one of several types of civil society organizations, that did not differ that much from each other. The promise of organization, and the experiments that resulted from it, deeply impacted modern politics.
Number of Pages: 295.0
Genre: History
Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Political History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Language: English
Street Date: May 30, 2017
TCIN: 51999918
UPC: 9783319500195
Item Number (DPCI): 248-39-3955

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