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Democracy-speak: party manifestos and democratic values in Britain, France and Germany

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This article analyses changes in party-manifesto references to democracy in post-war Britain, the French Fifth Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany in order to explore changes in political parties’ statements about democracy. It finds that in recent decades parties in all three countries have generally become more supportive of and more vocal in their calls for citizen participation in political decision-making, with a related increase in expressed support for direct democracy and other opportunities for participation. It also finds that left-wing parties have tended to be more enthusiastic than right-wing parties. The article suggests that changes are most likely parties’ responses to wider shifts in societal values, and it concludes with a discussion of the significance of democracy-speak for both parties and citizens.

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http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/31483/

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