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Democratic milieu: Analysing democratic practice in the new governance

Farrelly, Michael; Skelcher, Chris


Chris Skelcher


Understanding emerging democratic practices in the context of the wider, and changing, system of governance in which they operate poses problems for research, not least because broader concepts, such as political culture, focus on historical patterns and are not able to capture contemporary developments. We approach this problems by proposing the concept ‘democratic milieu’ as a focus for interpretive understanding of the way in which the structuring legacy of conventions about ‘how we do democracy’ interacts with the agency offered by new policy spaces and discourses about ‘how we might do democracy’.


Farrelly, M., & Skelcher, C. (2010). Democratic milieu: Analysing democratic practice in the new governance. Representation, 46(2), 139 - 150.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2010
Online Publication Date Jul 16, 2010
Publication Date Dec 31, 2010
Deposit Date Apr 1, 2022
Journal Representation
Print ISSN 0034-4893
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 2
Pages 139 - 150
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