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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Verso (8 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844673243
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844673247
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.5 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The age of party democracy has passed. Although the parties themselves remain, they have become so disconnected from the wider society, and pursue a form of competition that is so lacking in meaning, that they no longer seem capable of sustaining democracy in its present form. --Peter Mair, from the introduction to Ruling the Void

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Peter Mair (1951–2011) was one of the leading political scientists of his generation. He studied at University College Dublin and the University of Leiden, and worked at universities in Ireland, the U.K., the Netherlands and Italy, finally becoming Professor of Comparative Politics at the European University Institute, Florence. His books include Party System Change and, with Stefano Bartolini, Identity, Competition and Electoral Availability.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Baker on 19 Jan 2014
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An important book for those who naively consider modern political parties to be a vehicle for transforming the aspirations of the wider of the community into actuality. Mair explains how they formed to do exactly that, but have morphed into the means of governing the population on behalf of the state. With this transformation, 'democracy', as popularly conceived, has become a practically meaningless concept.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Joost Berkhout on 21 Nov 2013
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Excellent evaluation of the challenges faced by Western political parties and representative democracy more generally: increasing electoral volatility, declining mass membership and so on. Mair is not an optimist, as exemplified by the first line of the book: 'The age of party democracy has passed'.
The first three chapters extend upon his essay in the New Left Review (42, november 2006) ([...] the latter chapters combine several sections of work published earlier in various working papers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By carnivalpete on 4 May 2014
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Not an easy read but well worth the effort. I found it particularly interesting to note Mair's descriptions and criticisms of our new Europe. His main thrust is that the new European model has been deliberately designed and set up in such a way that it keeps all voters at arms length. Very large numbers of generously rewarded Eurocrats are employed to draft and implement legislation in such a way that it regulates us but wherever possible also restricts any opportunity for interference. Perhaps the approach is the only way to manage 27 countries with divergent views and cultures but for anyone who values their right to vote on all matters of national importance its rather disturbing. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. W. B. Deller on 4 Feb 2014
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Written by a respected academic, Ruling the Void is an in-depth analysis of the gradual separation of political parties and their former members, with a dramatic effect on democracy. The connection between politicians and party members has withered so that politicians cease to represent these members, and government policy no longer relates to the views of the electorate, but is formulated by parts of government machinery. The book should be read by all those who are concerned for the future of democracy in Britain and Western Europe.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By plume on 29 Jan 2014
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A good insight for Politics students but too heavy for general interest.
Clarified a number of my suspicions about the EU
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A very good exposition of the gradual decomposition of political party allegiances and it's consequences. Political parties and politicians pontificate while global capitalism decides our future. We now intuitively know that post war liberal democracy has become less and less credible and less able to affect our lives.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J B on 13 Feb 2014
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If all the facts are true it is a frightening account of what is happening. We all thought that European Communism
dismantled with the Berlin wall and all that really happened is that it moved location to Brussels.
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