Parties, linkage and participation
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Chapter 3 turns to examine a second aspect of citizens’ relationship with parties by exploring perceptions of participation. The chapter reviews citizens’ perceptions of participatory opportunities, requirements, rights and medium to argue that whilst there is a desire amongst citizens for more opportunities for participation, there is little desire to personally engage. This suggests that reforms are unlikely to improve public engagement, but that there are still areas in which participatory opportunities are currently seen to be out of kilter with public ideals. Specifically, it is argued that many citizens ideally want engagement opportunities where they can discern clear impact, and are attracted to the idea of ‘multi-speed’ parties where they can get involved with different levels of commitment and using different mediums.

The reimagined party

Democracy, change and the public

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