Direct Action and Liberal Democracy

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Routledge, Apr 15, 2013 - Political Science - 192 pages

This study focuses primarily on the nature of "direct action" in relation to contemporary movements, and considers the role of direct action methods in past campaigns for constitutional and social rights. Boycotts, sit-ins, obstructions, civil disobedience and other unconstitutional forms of protest are examined to see whether they necessarily lead to violence. The political conditions which encourage violence and the effects of various type of violent action are also discussed. The theoretical issues raised by direct action in a parliamentary system are also discussed.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Relevance of thepast 3 The politicsof directaction campaigns
Violence and power
The imageofpassivity The roleof government 5 Civil disobedienceand constitutionalism
Direct action and democracy Pluralism and mass behaviour
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