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Title: On referendums : a comparison of French and English Parliamentary debates using computer-assisted textual analysis
Author: Bicquelet, Aude
ISNI:       0000 0004 2675 242X
Awarding Body: The University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2009
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Democratic theory has long witnessed a divergence of opinion about the practice of popular participation. Proponents argue that involving citizens in decision-making strengthens democracy, reinforcing political values such as citizenship, accountability and government responsiveness (Barber, 1984:67). Critics, however, claim that it jeopardizes the effectiveness and quality of political decisions (Schumpeter, 1943:262). However, although the literature on the potentials and pitfalls of public involvement in decision-making is vast, studies about the views of elected representatives themselves on the issue remain rare.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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