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The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography provides students of the sub-discipline with a highly contextualized and systematic overview of the latest thinking and research. Edited by key scholars, with international contributions from acknowledged authorities on the relevant research, The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography is divided into six sections: Scope and Development of Political Geography; Geographies of the State; Participation and Representation; Political Geographies of Difference; Geography, Policy, and Governance; and Global Political Geographies.

Convening Publics: The Parasitical Spaces of Public Action
Convening publics: The parasitical spaces of public action
The Value of Publicness

This chapter investigates how and why the topic of the public sphere, or publicness more broadly, is important for the ways in which political geography conceptualizes democratic politics. Democracy is a system for making binding, legitimate decisions, one that puts a premium on the principle of ‘rule by the many’. The idea of the public sphere needs to be approached with this understanding of democracy in mind: ‘Democratic theory focuses on accountability and responsiveness in the decision-making process; theories of the public sphere focus on the role of public communication in facilitating or hindering this process’ (Ferree et al., 2002: 289). It is important to emphasize this ...

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