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Political Participation
Political participation

In a democracy, every citizen should have the right to express his or her views about what the government should do, should have the right to vote and to have a say about the selection of lawmakers, and should have the right to run as a candidate in elections if he or she so wishes. A democracy is a polity in which citizens are given the opportunity to participate.

Many democratic theorists argue that without substantial citizen participation democracy falls short of its goals (Pateman 1970) and that as a consequence the quality of democracy in a given polity can be ascertained by the degree of citizen involvement. Participation is a “good” thing, and a crucial challenge is to understand why so many ...

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