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Participation past the poll field is a great addition to the literature on democracy and the function of civil society. It demonstrates that new mechanisms being brought in Western Europe can and do provide the aptitude to seriously develop the democratic approach.

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And Hall, W. (eds) (1994) Democratic Audit: Extra-governmental Organisations in the United Kingdom and their Accountability. London: Charter 88 Trust. Wilks, S. (1996) “Sweden”, in Flynn, N. and Strehl, F. (eds) Public Sector Management in Europe. Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf. CHAPTER TWO Towards a Model of Public Participation Peter McLaverty Introduction There have been moves in a number of European and other advanced capitalist societies in recent years to devolve government functions in addition to or as an alternative to increasing citizen participation in public affairs.

Schmitt developed the argument that politics involves the friend-enemy distinction, and Laclau and Mouffe take up this position. However, Schmitt’s own democratic credentials are seen as very weak because of the authoritarianism associated with his whole approach. Mouffe accepts that concepts of the common good, civic virtue and political community are important to what she and Laclau term “radical democracy”. However, she also argues that such ideas, based around some collective idea of unity, will always be in tension with other ideas, which stress the plurality of social identity and the precariousness of collectivities.

Strehl, F. and Hugl, U. (1996) “Switzerland”, in Flynn, N. and Strehl, F. (eds) Public Sector Management in Europe. Hemel Hempstead: Prentice Hall. Villadsen, S. (1993) “Another century for local democracy? Decentralisation, deregulation and participation in Scandinavia in times of European integration”, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 17, 1, pp. 42–55. Weir, S. and Hall, W. (eds) (1994) Democratic Audit: Extra-governmental Organisations in the United Kingdom and their Accountability.

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