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Democracy and Public Space: The Physical Sites of Democratic Performance Hardcover – March 24, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0199214563 ISBN-10: 0199214565 Edition: 1st
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Editorial Reviews


... the strength of the book lies in Parkinsons careful and thoughtful consideration of democracy and democratic roles and in the way in which he analyses space and place as an essential element in democratic performance. As such his book should be read not only by all those with an interest in legislative behaviour, urban politics, public participation, and protest politics, but also by others with a genuine interest in how our political systems work in practice. Highly recommended. Mike Goldsmith, Salford and De Montfort Universities, Public Administration Journal This is an important book. Jason Edwards, Political Studies Review [Parkinson] has developed an innovative democratic theory of public space based on collective performance. Marco Scalvini, London School of Economics

About the Author

John Parkinson is Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Warwick, where he works on democracy and public policy, especially the application of normative political theory to policy and institutions. His published work ranges across topics including legitimacy and deliberative democracy, public participation initiatives in the UK National Health Service, the evaluation of referendums as decision making tools, and British democratic institutions. His previous book, Deliberating in the Real World (OUP 2006) has been described as a "landmark work" (John Dryzek), and was nominated for the Political Studies Association's WJM McKenzie Prize.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199214565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199214563
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.9 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,247,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony M. Orum on November 17, 2012
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This is a topic of great interest to me, and I thought this book did a nice job of summarizing the essential material. But while I liked the summaries and the analytical tone I wish the author could have been a bit more imaginative and speculative. For example, what do gatherings in public space tell us about the workings of democracy? How do the gatherings in China differ from those in the West? And will the recent spate of protests and angry demonstrations in countries across Europe be likely to have any real consequences for the concerns of those who gathered in the streets?
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