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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

Responsiveness
Responsiveness
Jeeyang Rhee Baum
Introduction

Robert Dahl famously asserted that ‘[a] key characteristic of democracy is the continuing responsiveness of the government to the preferences of its citizens, considered as political equals’ (1971: 1). Following the democratic guidelines established by Dahl, political theorists describe two fundamental principles of democracy. The first principle states that ‘people [must] have a substantial influence over which policies a government passes and which it does not pass’ (Peters and Ensink, 2015: 577). The second principle adds that ‘government should not just be responsible overall, but they should also be equally responsive to their citizens’ (Peters and Ensink, 2015: 577). Leonardo Morlino defines responsiveness as ‘the capacity to satisfy the governed by executing the policies that ...

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