Quotation Blühdorn, Ingolfur, Butzlaff, Felix. 2020. Democratization beyond the post-democratic turn: towards a research agenda on new conceptions of citizen participation. Democratization. 27 (3), 369-388.


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Following extensive debates about post-democracy and post-politics, scholarly attention has shifted to conceptualizing the ongoing transformation of democracy. In this endeavour, the change in understandings, expectations and functions of political participation is a key parameter. Improving citizen participation is widely regarded as the hallmark of democratization. Yet, a variety of actors are also increasingly ambivalent about democratic institutions and the further expansion of participation. Meanwhile, new forms of participation are gaining in significance – neoliberal activation, the responsibilization of consumers, digital data mining, managed behaviour guided by choice architects – which some believe much improve representation, but which others perceive as a threat to the citizens’ autonomy. This article introduces a special issue focusing on the participation-democratization nexus in well-established democracies in the economically affluent global North. Based on a critical review of popular narratives of post-democracy and post-politics we sketch the notion of the post-democratic turn – which offers a new perspective on emerging forms of participation and in this special issue serves as a conceptual lens for their analysis. We then revisit more traditional conceptualizations of democratic participation which are challenged by the post-democratic turn. The article concludes with an overview of the individual contributions to this special issue.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Democratization
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Democratization beyond the post-democratic turn: towards a research agenda on new conceptions of citizen participation
Volume 27
Number 3
Year 2020
Page from 369
Page to 388
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13510347.2019.1707808
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13510347.2019.1707808
Open Access N

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Blühdorn, Ingolfur (Details)
Butzlaff, Felix (Details)
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Institute for Social Change and Sustainability IN (Details)
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