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The Virtuous, the Critical and the Trustworthy: Citizen Ideals and Forms of Democratic Participation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2018 (English)In: Scandinavian Political Studies, ISSN 0080-6757, E-ISSN 1467-9477, Vol. 41, no 1, p. 1-21Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A vibrant democratic society requires continuous innovation to actualize and encourage democratic ideals through participation, but no universal answers exist as to which kinds of participation are best suited to achieve this. This article demonstrates that different types of participation correlate with different citizen ideals, implying that the remedies to democratic deficits depend on which ideals need to be strengthened. Citizen survey data is used to examine the relationships between two types of citizen participation - in voluntary associations and workplaces - and three empirical citizen ideals: the virtuous citizen, the critical citizen and the trustworthy citizen. The results suggest that voluntary associations make space for all three ideals, while workplace participation tends to be characterized specifically by the critical citizen's ideal of reason-giving and critical reflection. The article ends by discussing the implications of these results: new democratic designs should be more effective if tailored to address context-dependent weaknesses in democratic practices.

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WILEY , 2018. Vol. 41, no 1, p. 1-21
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-347540DOI: 10.1111/1467-9477.12106ISI: 000425113700001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-347540DiVA, id: diva2:1195675
Available from: 2018-04-06 Created: 2018-04-06 Last updated: 2018-04-06Bibliographically approved

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