English title: Institutional Incentives for Participation in Elections and Between Elections

Author(s): Henrik Serup Christensen -

Language: English

Type: Book chapter

Year: 2013

Abstract

In this chapter, theoretical insights from the literature on social movements are used to examine whether the institutional setting provides incentives at the individual level for three forms of political participation. Electoral participation is examined as a pivotal participatory activity within representative democracy. In addition, two forms of participation between elections are considered. Institutionalised participation, which includes activities in conjunction with the formal political system, and non-institutionalised participation covering more peripheral activities wherbey citizens voice their concerns. By examining the institutional incentives for these political activities, it is possible to gain a comprehensive understanding of how the institutional framework shapes patterns of political participation in and between elections and, by extension, how the institutional structures shapes the interaction between citizens and representatives.

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Anthology: Between-election democracy: The representative relationship after election day