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Shifting dimensions of citizen control
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2004 (English)In: Scandinavian Political Studies, ISSN 0080-6757, E-ISSN 1467-9477, Vol. 27, no 2, 89-113 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

European politics is still dominated by representative and parliamentary national systems of policy making. These systems can be seen as chains of political delegation from citizens through parliamentarians and executive office holders to civil servants. In these chains, a major trend for the past thirty years, and more strongly during the second half of that period, is a strengthening of agents’ accountability to the principals. But, simultaneously, citizens’ ability to exercise accountability through parliamentary democracy is eroding because of a decline in political party cohesion. Concurrently, constraints external to both the constitutional chain and political parties are growing stronger.

The changes along these three dimensions lead to a situation in which democratic principals commonly decide more about less. Thus, while reforms have strengthened the constitutional parliamentary chain of governance, there is also an ongoing de-parliamentarisation of modern politics. The main motivation for this special issue is to investigate this general phenomenon through a set of focused case studies of the Nordic (here known as ‘Scandinavian’) countries. These analyses show important differences in how these trends have been manifest. In one country, Finland, the parliamentary chain has actually grown in strength and importance in the last decade.

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John Wiley & Son , 2004. Vol. 27, no 2, 89-113 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-15128DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9477.2004.00099.xOAI: diva2:154800
Available from: 2008-03-18 Created: 2008-03-18 Last updated: 2011-01-24Bibliographically approved

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