English title: Conventional political participation
Author(s): Jürgen Bauknecht -
Type: Book chapter
In this chapter, the frequency and determinants of conventional political participation in France and Germany will be analysed, using data from the European Social Survey (ESS). While the two countries differ in the nature of their politial systems, they are, in fact, Europe's core nations (Huntington 198: 135) and belong to the four "major powers among Western democracies" (Dalton 2006: 4). Furthermore, both countries are driving forces behind European integration propelled by the European Union (EU), a transnational political system neglecting responsiveness in favour of effectiveness through its lack of openness for citizen participation (Dahl 1994: 28ff). If the EU is to be more responsive to citizen demands, one might expect that pressure has to come from its core.
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Anthology: Political participation in France and Germany