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  1. READING 1 item
    The list of readings provided for each weekly seminar below is not exhaustive but is intended to guide you towards the most useful literature on the topics covered in the module. You are expected to show initiative in reading widely and finding information. You should read a sample of sources from the relevant reading list in preparation for each seminar.
    1. RECOMMENDED FOR PURCHASE 1 item
      There is no ‘core text’ for the module and many of the weekly readings will be based on journal articles and chapters from edited books. However, it is strongly recommended that you purchase a copy of the following book:
      1. Political participation in Britain: the decline and revival of civic culture - Whiteley, Paul 2011

        Book Recommended for Purchase

  2. MAJOR STUDIES OF POLITICAL PARTICIPATION IN BRITAIN 13 items
    Listed below are the major studies of political participation in Britain (some of which are part of cross-national research). While these are not necessarily listed as readings for the weekly seminars, you should take the time to consult these works and use them, where relevant, for seminar presentations and assessed essays.
    1. The civic culture: political attitudes and democracy in five nations - Almond, Gabriel A, Verba, Sidney 1989

      Book Background Read Chapter Five. An earlier edition is available.

    2. The Civic culture revisited: An analytic study - Abramowitz, Alan I., Almond, Gabriel A, Verba, Sidney 1980

      Book 

    3. Political participation and democracy in Britain - Parry, Geraint, Moyser, George, Day, Neil 1992

      Book 

    4.  

       

      The annual British Social Attitudes volumes provide another important resource on trends and patterns in attitudes and behaviour relating to political participation in Britain. Relevant chapters are listed for the weekly seminar topics.

      Recent annual volumes (and individual chapters) can downloaded from:  

      http://www.bsa.natcen.ac.uk/downloads/bsa-35-downloads.aspx

       

    5.  

      The following texts contain some useful chapters on political participation in a comparative context

    6. Political action: mass participation in five Western democracies - Barnes, Samuel H., Kaase, Max c1979

      Book 

    7. The participation gap: social status and political inequality - Russell J. Dalton 2017

      Book 

  3. JOURNALS 0 items
    The most useful journals for this module are Parliamentary Affairs, Political Studies and Political Quarterly, which are all available electronically. You can access these journals via the library’s online catalogue (click on the link marked Leicester eLink: Journals A-Z). It is also worth looking through recent issues of other relevant journals, listed below, as these tend to provide up-to-date articles that are usually not too lengthy. Many journals are now available electronically and not just in print form. Other useful journals are: British Journal of Political Science British Journal of Politics and International Relations British Politics European Journal of Political Research Party Politics Representation West European Politics
  4. INTERNET RESOURCES 15 items
    1. The Hansard Society's annual Audit of Political Engagement is an important resource for survey-based evidence on public involvement in politics in Britain, showing trends in both attitudes and behaviour. These annual reports are available at:

  5. WEEK ONE: INTRODUCTION 16 items
    1. Reading list 16 items
      1. Essential 2 items
        1. Political participation in Britain: the decline and revival of civic culture - Whiteley, Paul 2011

          Book Essential Chapters 2 and 3.

      2. Background 3 items
        1. Citizenship in Britain: Attitudes and Behaviour - Patrick Seyd, Paul Whiteley, Charles Pattie 08/2001

          Article Background

        2. Developments in British Politics 10 2016

          Book  Chapter 8: Political Participation

        3. Civic Attitudes and Engagement in Modern Britain - C. Pattie 01/10/2003

          Article Background

      3. Citizen Politics: Public Opinion and Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies - Russell J. Dalton 2013

        Book  Chapters 3 and 4. Earlier editions are available.

      4. Citizens and the state - Klingemann, Hans-Dieter, Fuchs, Dieter 1995

        Book  Chapter 3 by R. Topf, entitled 'Beyond electoral participation'.

      5. Conceptualizing political participation - Mark Hooghe, Bengü Hosch-Dayican, Jan W van Deth 2014

        Article 

      6. Citizenship and involvement in European democracies: a comparative analysis - Jan W. van Deth, José R. Montero, Anders Westholm 2006

        Book  Chapter 13.

      7. International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences - Neil J. Smelser, James D. Wright, Paul B. Baltes 2001

        Book  Chapter on 'Political Participation'.

      8. Politics of Participation - Matt Qvortrup 2013

        Book 

  6. WEEK TWO: THEORIES OF POLITICAL PARTICIPATION 15 items
    1. Reading list 15 items
      1. Essential 2 items
        1. Citizenship in Britain: values, participation and democracy - Pattie, C. J., Seyd, Patrick, Whiteley, Paul 2004

          Book Essential Chapter 5.

        2. Political participation in Britain: the decline and revival of civic culture - Whiteley, Paul 2011

          Book Essential Chapter 3.

      2. Background 2 items
        1. Social Capital in Britain - Peter A. Hall 1999

          Article Background

      3. Beyond Ses: A Resource Model of Political Participation - Henry E. Brady, Sidney Verba and Kay Lehman Schlozman 1995

        Article 

      4. Young people and politics in the UK: apathy or alienation? - Marsh, David, O'Toole, Therese, Jones, Su 2007

        Book 

      5. High-intensity participation: the dynamics of party activism in Britain - Whiteley, Paul, Seyd, Patrick 2002

        Book 

      6. The Oxford handbook of political behavior - Russell J. Dalton, Hans-Dieter Klingemann 2009

        Book  Chapter on 'Social Capital'.

      7. Aggressive Political Participation - Edward N. Muller 1979

        Book 

  7. WEEK THREE: VOTING AND ELECTIONS 40 items
    1. Reading list 40 items
      1. Essential 2 items
        1. Elections and voters in Britain - Denver, D. T., Carman, Christopher, Johns, Robert 2012

          Book Essential Chapter Two. Earlier editions of this book are also available.

        2. British social attitudes: the 26th report - Park, Alison, National Centre for Social Research 2010

          Book Essential Chapter by S. Butt and J. Curtice, entitled 'Duty in decline? Trends in attitudes towards voting'.

      2. Background 2 items
        1. Voting - John Curtice, Ian Simpson 2018

          Chapter 

        2. Developments in British politics 7 - Dunleavy, Patrick 2003

          Book Background Chapter by G. Evans, entitled 'Political culture and voting participation'.

      3. Turnout: Electors Stay Home--Again - J. Curtice 01/10/2005

        Article Background

      4. The Oxford handbook of political behavior - Russell J. Dalton, Hans-Dieter Klingemann 2009

        Book  Chapter on 'Turnout in Elections'.

      5. Developments in British politics 8 - Dunleavy, Patrick 2006

        Book 

      6. Critical elections: British parties and voters in long-term perspective - Evans, Geoffrey, Norris, Pippa 1999

        Book  Chapter by A. Heath and B. Taylor, entitled 'New sources of abstention'.

      7. Austerity and political choice in Britain - Harold D. Clarke, Peter Kellner, Marianne C. Stewart, Joe Twyman 2016

        Book  Chapter on 'Choosing to Vote and Choosing a Party'.

      8. Race and British electoral politics - Saggar, Shamit 1998

        Book  Chapter by M. J. Le Lohe.

      9. Democratic phoenix: reinventing political activism - Norris, Pippa 2002

        Book  Chapter Five.

      10. Local Electoral Participation in Britain - C. Rallings, M. Thrasher 01/10/2003

        Article 

      11. Britain votes, 2001 - Norris, Pippa 2001

        Book  Chapter by P. Whiteley et al., entitled 'Turnout'.

      12. Britain votes, 1997 - Norris, Pippa, Gavin, Neil T. 1997

        Book  Chapter by D. Denver and G. Hands, entitled 'Turnout'.

      13. British social attitudes: the 19th report - Park, Alison, National Centre for Social Research 2002

        Book  Chapter by C. Bromley and J. Curtice, entitled 'Where have all the voters gone?'

      14. Divided Democracy. Political Inequality in the UK and Why it Matters - Sarah Birch, Glenn Gottfried, Guy Lodge 2013

        Document 

      15. Political and Constitutional Reform - Fourth Report. Voter engagement in the UK - House of Commons Select Committee on Political and Constitutional Reform November 2014

        Document 

      16. Voter Engagement in the UK: Fourth Report of the 2014- 2015 Session, HC232 - House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee 2014

        Document 

      17. The Results: How Britain Voted - David Denver 09/2015

        Article  Section on 'Turnout'.

      18. The British General Election of 2017 - Philip Cowley, Dennis Kavanagh 2018

        Book 

  8. WEEK FOUR: REFERENDUMS 50 items
    1. Reading list 50 items
      1. Essential 2 items
      2. Background 3 items
        1. The Electoral Reform Society blog - J. Curtice January 16 2012

          Webpage Background

        2. The new British constitution - Bogdanor, Vernon 2009

          Book  Chapter 7.

        3. The British Constitution - King, Anthony 2007

          Book  Chapter entitled 'References to the people'.

      3. The 1975 referendum - Butler, David, Kitzinger, Uwe 1976

        Book 

      4. Brexit - John Curtice 2017

        Chapter 

      5. The new challenge of direct democracy - Budge, Ian 1996

        Book 

      6. Britain says yes: the 1975 referendum on the Common Market - King, Anthony 1977

        Book 

      7. The politics of direct democracy: referendums in global perspective - LeDuc, Lawrence 2003

        Book 

      8. The North East Region Referendum Campaign of 2004: Issues and Turning Points - ADAM TICKELL, PETER JOHN, STEVEN MUSSON 10/2005

        Article 

      9. Britain Says NO: Voting in the AV Ballot Referendum - P. Whiteley, H. D. Clarke, D. Sanders, M. C. Stewart 01/04/2012

        Article 

      10. Mayoral referendums and elections revisited - Colin Rallings, Michael Thrasher, David Cowling 17/06/2013

        Article 

      11. Down with people power - Peter Kellner July 2009

        Article 

      12. Referendums and deliberative democracy - Lawrence LeDuc 06/2015

        Article 

      13. Government by Referendum - Matt Qvortrup 2018

        Book 

      14. Direct Democracy - Matt Qvortrup 2015

        Book 

  9. WEEK FIVE: POLITICAL PARTIES 65 items
    1. Reading list 52 items
      1. Essential 2 items
        1. Political participation in Britain: the decline and revival of civic culture - Whiteley, Paul 2011

          Book Essential Chapter 4.

        2. British Party Members: An Overview - Patrick Seyd, Paul Whiteley 01/07/2004

          Article Essential

      2. Background 3 items
        1. Party Members and Activists 2015

          Book Background Chapter 11: Party membership in Britain: A minority pursuit

      3. Political Parties as Vehicles of Political Engagement - A. Russell 08/07/2005

        Article Background

      4. The Oxford handbook of political behavior - Russell J. Dalton, Hans-Dieter Klingemann 2009

        Book  Chapter on 'Political Activism and Party Members'.

      5. Political Parties in the UK - Alistair Clark 2018

        Book 

      6. Critical elections: British parties and voters in long-term perspective - Evans, Geoffrey, Norris, Pippa 1999

        Book  Chapter by I. Crewe and K. Thompson on 'Party loyalties' and chapter by P. Webb and D. Farrell on 'Party members and ideological change'.

      7. Uninterested Youth? Young People's Attitudes towards Party Politics in Britain - Matt Henn, Mark Weinstein, Sarah Forrest 20/09/2005

        Article 

      8. The Scottish National Party: transition to power - Mitchell, James, Bennie, Lynn G., Johns, Robert 2012

        Book  Chapters 4-6

      9. Democratic phoenix: reinventing political activism - Norris, Pippa 2002

        Book  Chapters 6 and 7.

      10. High-intensity participation: the dynamics of party activism in Britain - Whiteley, Paul, Seyd, Patrick 2002

        Book 

      11. Labour's grass roots: the politics of party membership - Seyd, Patrick, Whiteley, Paul 1992

        Book 

      12. New Labour's grassroots: the transformation of the Labour Party membership - Seyd, Patrick, Whiteley, Paul 2002

        Book 

      13. Third force politics: Liberal Democrats at the grassroots - Whiteley, Paul, Seyd, Patrick, Billinghurst, Antony 2006

        Book 

      14. True blues: the politics of Conservative Party membership - Whiteley, Paul, Seyd, Patrick, Richardson, J. J. 1994

        Book 

      15. Explaining Party Activism: The Case of the British Conservative Party - Paul F. Whiteley, Patrick Seyd, Jeremy Richardson and Paul Bissell 1994

        Article 

      16. Labour's lost grassroots: The rise and fall of party membership - Hugh Pemberton, Mark Wickham-Jones 2013-6

        Article 

      17. Radical or Compliant? Young Party Members in Britain - Lynn Bennie, Andrew Russell 2012

        Proceedings  Paper prepared for Elections, Public Opinion and Parties (EPOP) Conference, University of Oxford, 7-9th September 2012

      18. The challenges of intra-party democracy - European Consortium for Political Research 2013

        Book 

      19. Handbook of Party Politics - Richard S Katz, William J Crotty 2012

        Book  Chapter on 'Party Membership and Participation'.

      20. Papers and Publications | ESRC Party Members Project (PMP)

        Webpage  Check for an updated list of papers, publications and media articles.

      21. More sex, lies & the ballot box: another 50 things you need to know about British elections 2016

        Book  Chapters on 'From eccentric to social mainstream? The revival of party membership' and 'Members are not the only fruit: The role of party supporters'.

      22. Referendum as platform: the SNP and Scottish Green membership surge - James Mitchell, Lynn Bennie, Rob Johns 2017

        Article 

    2. USEFUL COMPARATIVE STUDIES 13 items
      1. Political parties in advanced industrial democracies - Webb, Paul, Farrell, David M., Holliday, Ian 2002

        Book  Chapter 2.

      2. The decline of membership-based politics - I. v. Biezen, T. Poguntke 01/03/2014

        Article 

      3. Beyond party members: changing approaches to partisan mobilization - Susan E. Scarrow 2015

        Book 

      4. Private Groups and Public Life: Social Participation - Jan Van Deth 1997 (electronic resource)

        Book  Chapter 7.

  10. WEEK SIX: PRESSURE GROUPS 22 items
    1. Reading list 22 items
      1. Essential 2 items
        1. Pressure Groups and British politics - Grant, Wyn 2000

          Book Essential Chapters 1-3.

        2. Developments in British politics 9 - Heffernan, Richard, Cowley, Philip, Hay, Colin 2011

          Book Essential Chapter on 'Pressure group politics'.

      2. Background 3 items
      3. The Major premiership: politics and policies under John Major, 1990-97 - Dorey, Peter 1999

        Book  Chapter on 'Renewed Consultation or Continued Exclusion? Organised Interests and the Major Governments'.

      4. Pressure groups in British politics - Coxall, W. N. 2001

        Book  Chapters 1 and 2.

      5. The Blair legacy: Politics, policy, governance, and foreign affairs - Casey, Terrence 2009

        Book  Chapter on 'The pressure group challenge'.

      6. Business and politics in Britain - Grant, Wyn 1993

        Book 

      7. Democracy and interest groups: enhancing participation? - Jordan, A. G., Maloney, William A. 2007

        Book 

      8. Politics and the media in Britain - Kuhn, Raymond 2007

        Book  Chapter entitled ‘Parties, Pressure Groups and the Media'.

      9. Interest Groups and Public Policy: The Insider/Outsider Model Revisited - William A. Maloney, Grant Jordan and Andrew M. McLaughlin 1994

        Article 

      10. Governance and public policy in the United Kingdom - Richards, David, Smith, Martin J. 2002

        Book  Chapter 7.

  11. WEEK SEVEN: POLITICAL PROTEST 32 items
    1. Reading list 32 items
      1. Essential 2 items
        1. Developments in British politics 6 - Dunleavy, Patrick 2000

          Book Essential Chapter on 'Political participation and protest'.

      2. Background 3 items
        1. Democratic phoenix: reinventing political activism - Norris, Pippa 2002

          Book Background Chapter 10.

        2. Social movements in Britain - Byrne, Paul 1997

          Book Background Chapters 1-3.

        3. The Oxford handbook of political behavior - Russell J. Dalton, Hans-Dieter Klingemann 2009

          Book  Chapter on 'The Spread of Protest Politics'. Chapter on 'Social Movements'.

      3. Direct action and democratic politics - Benewick, Robert, Smith, Trevor 1972

        Book 

      4. Explaining the fuel protests - Brian Doherty, Matthew Paterson, Alexandra Plows, Derek Wall 02/2003

        Article 

      5. The protest business?: mobilizing campaign groups - Jordan, A. G., Maloney, William A. 1997

        Book 

      6. Protest and political consciousness - Marsh, Alan 1977

        Book 

      7. Environmental protest in western Europe - Rootes, Chris 2003

        Book  Chapter on 'Britain'.

      8. Environmental movements: local, national, and global - Rootes, Chris 1999

        Book  Chapter on 'Mobilising Earth First! in Britain'.

      9. Public attitudes towards political protest in Britain, 2000-02 - David Sanders, Harold Clarke, Marianne Stewart, Paul Whiteley 2004

        Article 

      10. Democracy and participation: popular protest and new social movements - Todd, Malcolm J., Taylor, Gary 2004

        Book 

      11. New participatory dimensions in civil society: professionalization and individualized collective action - Deth, Jan W. van, Maloney, William A. 2012

        Book  Chapter by C. Rootes, titled 'New issues, new forms of action? Climate change and environmental activism in Britain'

      12. Direct action in British environmentalism - Seel, Benjamin, Paterson, Matthew, Doherty, Brian 2000

        Book 

      13. Social Movements: An Introduction - Donatella Della Porta, Mario Diani 2006

        Book 

      14. International Encyclopedia of Civil Society - Helmut K. Anheier, Stefan Toepler 2010

        Book  Relevant chapters.

  12. WEEK EIGHT: ONLINE PARTICIPATION 52 items
    1. Reading list 52 items
      1. Essential 2 items
      2. Background 2 items
        1. NEW MEDIA AND THE REVITALISATION OF POLITICS - Rachel K. Gibson 09/2009

          Article Background

        2. British social attitudes: The 28th report - Park, Alison 2012

          Book Background Chapter on 'Political engagement: Bridging the gulf? Britain’s democracy after the 2010 election'.

      3. Routledge handbook of Internet politics - Chadwick, Andrew, Howard, Philip N. 2008

        Book 

      4. British social attitudes: the 21st report : continuity and change over two decades - Park, Alison 2004

        Book  Chapter on 'e-politics? The impact of the internet on political trust and participation'.

      5. Political parties and the Internet: net gain? - Gibson, Rachel, Nixon, P. G., Ward, Stephen 2003

        Book  Chapter 5.

      6. Online Participation in the UK: Testing a 'Contextualised' Model of Internet Effects1 - Rachel K. Gibson, Wainer Lusoli, Stephen Ward 11/2005

        Article 

      7. Political communication in Britain: the leader debates, the campaign and the media in the 2010 general election - Wring, Dominic, Mortimore, Roger, Atkinson, Simon 2011

        Book  In particular, the following chapters: Chapters: 'Below the Radar? Online campaigning at the Local Level'. 'Reporting the 2010 General Election: Old Media, New Media - Old Politics, New Politics'.

      8. Political communications: the general election campaign of 2005 - Wring, Dominic 2007

        Book  Chapter on 'The Internet and the UK General Election'.

      9. The Digital Campaign: Are We There Yet? - Andy Williamson 12/2015

        Article 

      10. Exit Velocity: The Media Election - Dominic Wring 2015

        Article 

      11. Digital Citizenship and Political Engagement - Ariadne Vromen 2016

        Book 

      12. Open Up: The Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy - The Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy 26 January 2015

        Document 

  13. WEEK NINE: PARTICIPATION AND BRITISH DEMOCRACY 79 items
    1. Reading list 79 items
      1. Essential 3 items
        1. British social attitudes: the 20th report : continuity and change over two decades - Park, Alison 2003

          Book Essential Chapter on ‘Is there a crisis of political participation?’

        2. Institutional crisis in 21st-century Britain 2014

          Book Essential Chapter 2: 'A Crisis of Participation'.

        3. Is Britain Facing a Crisis of Democracy? - Gianfranco Baldini 10/2015

          Article Essential

      2. Background 3 items
        1. Developments in British politics 9 - Heffernan, Richard, Cowley, Philip, Hay, Colin 2011

          Book Background Chapter on 'Anti-politics in Britain'.

        2. The Dimensions and Impact of Political Discontent in Britain - Will Jennings, Gerry Stoker, Joe Twyman 23/01/2016

          Article 

      3. The Good Politician Folk Theories, Political Interaction, and the Rise of Anti-Politics - Nick Clarke, Will Jennings, Jonathan Moss, Gerry Stoker 2018

        Book 

      4. The Good Politician Folk Theories, Political Interaction, and the Rise of Anti-Politics - Nick Clarke, Will Jennings, Jonathan Moss, Gerry Stoker 2018

        Book 

      5. REVITALISING POLITICS: HAVE WE LOST THE PLOT? - Colin Hay, Gerry Stoker 09/2009

        Article 

      6. A generation apart? Youth and political participation in Britain - MATT HENN, MARK WEINSTEIN, DOMINIC WRING 06/2002

        Article 

      7. Young people and politics in the UK: apathy or alienation? - Marsh, David, O'Toole, Therese, Jones, Su 2007

        Book 

      8. Tuning out or left out? Participation and non-participation among young people - Therese O'Toole, Michael Lister, Dave Marsh, Su Jones 03/2003

        Article 

      9. British social attitudes: the 21st report : continuity and change over two decades - Park, Alison 2004

        Book  Chapter on 'Has modern politics disenchanted the young?'

      10. British social attitudes: The 16th report: Who shares the New Labour values? - Jowell, Roger, National Centre for Social Research 1999

        Book  Chapter on 'Young People and Political Apathy’.

      11. The ‘Outraged Young’: - James Sloam 04/2013

        Article 

      12. Why Politics Matters: Making Democracy Work - Gerry Stoker 2017

        Book  An earlier edition is available.

      13. In defence of politicians: (in spite of themselves) - Riddell, Peter 2011

        Book 

      14. Young People's Political Participation in Western Europe - Gema Garcia Albacete 2014

        Book 

      15. Young People Re-Generating Politics in Times of Crises - Sarah Pickard, Judith Bessant 2017

        Book 

      16. Political participation in Britain: the decline and revival of civic culture - Whiteley, Paul 2011

        Book  Chapters 8 and 9.

      17. British social attitudes: the 24th report - Park, Alison, National Centre for Social Research 2008

        Book  Chapter 9.

      18. Political engagement among young people: an update - C. Johnson, B. Marshall June 2004

        Document 

      19. Democracy - Sarah Butt, Rory Fitzgerald 2014

        Chapter 

      20. Democratic deficit: critical citizens revisited - Pippa Norris 2011

        Book 

      21. Politics - John Curtice 2016

        Chapter 

      22. The democratic engagement of Britain's ethnic minorities - David Sanders, Stephen D. Fisher, Anthony Heath, Maria Sobolewska 02/01/2014

        Article 

      23. The Dimensions and Impact of Political Discontent in Britain - Will Jennings, Gerry Stoker, Joe Twyman 23/01/2016

        Article 

  14. WEEK TEN: MODULE OVERVIEW AND ASSESSMENT GUIDANCE 0 items
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