Ruling the void analyzes democratic trends over the last few decades in europe and america and argues that there are two complementary processes at work popular disengagement and the withdrawal of political elites from a representative role are both contributing to the death of the political party and with it the characteristic form of western democracy this landmark study will . Ruling the void has been split into an introduction and four chapters mair explains in the introduction what the problems is with the democracy in the twenty first century he talks about an indifference because of a widening gap between rulers and ruled but also about the fact that decision making is no longer done by institutions or governments that are directly picked by the citizens of . Chilling account of the end of party democracy by the leading political scientist in the long established democracies of western europe electoral turnouts are in decline membership is shrinking in the major parties and those who remain loyal partisans are sapped of enthusiasm this new book by the late peter mair 1951 2011 weighs the impact of these changes which together show that . Ruling the void the hollowing of western democracy mair peter new left review 2006 42 25 51 cite mair peter ruling the void the hollowing of democracies as ruling elites retreat and voters abstain from mass electoral politics peter mair on the paradoxes of its third wave triumph and emergence of a governing class bereft of legitimacy as parties become appendages of the
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