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Why Politics Matters: Making Democracy Work [Paperback]

Gerry Stoker
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7 July 2006
Achieving mass democracy was the great triumph of the last century. Learning to live with it will be the greatest achievement of this one. Stoker suggests that democracy must create a new politics, making it as easy as possible for as many people to participate. Winner of the Political Studies Association Book of the Year Prize 2006

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (7 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403997403
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403997401
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.1 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'An impressive overview of the growing popular disenchantment with democratic politics across the advanced world which offers much thoughtful reflection about its deeper roots. Gerry Stoker's provocative central argument - that the underlying problem is not alienation from democracy, but naIveté about politics itself - warrants the attention of anyone concerned about the future of political life. His conclusion that we need to create a new 'politics for amateurs' is the right challenge for us all.' - Robert D. Putnam, Harvard University

'Readable, informative and insightful...Gerry Stoker dispels many misconceptions about what politics is and should be. His sober optimism backed up by careful consideration of a wide range of evidence, provides a valuable corrective to the relentless negativity and cynicism towards politics peddled in so much of the media. He makes a forceful and persuasive case for why politics matters and how to reclaim it for citizens.' - Andrew Gamble, University of Sheffield, UK
'[W]ritten in a very accessible and engaging style... Professor Stoker's book makes a very powerful argument [and one] very illuminating of the true meaning and functioning of politics' - Steven Van de Walle, Local Government Studies

'[A] very good book... I will be content if everyone coming to study politics at university would read this admirable and approachable text.' - Tim Bale, Representation

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Winner of the Political Studies Association Book of the Year
Prize 2006 -

"Gerry Stoker's book is one of the most thought-provoking, accurate and
incisive accounts of the importance of politics ever produced by a UK
academic. It was the unanimous choice of the PSA jury as Book of the Year"
Professor Jon Tonge, Chair, Political Studies Association of the UK.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
With the ever increasing distance between citizens and politicians, fuelled by more and more centralisation removing meaningful participation in the political process, Gerry Stoker examines the background to that negative situation and offers a range of ways that could reverse the trend, but only if individuals take a little more responsibility and participate just a bit, as he accepts that few of us want to be seriously involved.

Unfortunately, readable though the book is, it would have benefited from some serious editing as the flow is constantly interrupted by the realisation that the tense is wrong, or the verb does not agree with the subject. Not fatal but irritating!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, informed, clear book 23 Oct 2010
This book is an excellent companion/alternative to textbooks for a university level politics student

It provides, clear, interesting and insightful work, which could just as easily be understood by somebody knowing little about politics in the UK, but is equally relevant to those studying the subject to a hgih level. It is helpful for essays

I would recommend this product to anyone with an interest in learning about politics, as it's clear, easy to understand and very readable
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4.0 out of 5 stars for study 17 Sep 2013
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Brought this book for my college work, came in very handy. Will also need it again in the future for my next course
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