Taking up the baton? New campaigning organisations and the enactment of representative functions

Dommett, Katharine and Rye, Danny (2017) Taking up the baton? New campaigning organisations and the enactment of representative functions. Politics. ISSN 0263-3957 (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

Political parties have historically provided a key means by which citizens gain representation in the state, with parties enabling participation, integration, aggregation, conflict management and linkage (Sartori, 2005). Over recent years parties’ representative credentials have declined and new organisations have emerged as vehicles of representation (Mair, 2009). What is, however, unclear is the extent to which these new organisations have taken on the representative functions parties are traditionally seen to have performed. In this article, we examine Citizens UK and 38 Degrees as indicative examples to argue that, whilst opportunities for participation and integration can be found, aspects of aggregation, conflict management and linkage are no longer being performed. Diagnosing this change, we argue that these shifts in representation are having significant but as yet unrecognised consequences for how citizens relate to and engage with contemporary politics.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the author's post peer review version of an article, the final version of which is published in the Sage Publications journal Politics
Keywords: Representation; Political Parties; Party Decline; Political Participation; Democracy; New Campaigning Organisations
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > History and Politics
Depositing User: Danny Rye
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2017 15:00
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2017 15:00
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2083

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