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Author Bovens, M. A. P., author

Title Diploma democracy : the rise of political meritocracy / Mark Bovens and Anchrit Wille
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017
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Contents Cover; Diploma Democracy: The Rise of Political Meritocracy; Copyright; Acknowledgements; Contents; List of Figures; List of Tables; 1: Diploma Democracy; The Rise of Political Meritocracy; Platoś Dream Come True; Diploma Democracy; Exploring the Rise of Political Meritocracy; Outline: Concepts, Contours, and Consequences of Diploma Democracy; Note; Part I: Concepts and Contexts; 2: Diplomas; Meritocracy: From Science Fiction to Factual Description; Meritocracy and Diplomas; The Elements of Meritocracy; Diplomas and Educational Stratification; The Expansion of the Educational System
Cleavage Formation and the Rise of Political MeritocracyCountry Selection; Notes; Part II: Contours; 5: The Education Gap in Political Participation; The Hamburger Bildungskampf; The Participation Pyramid; Education Gaps in Participation; Spectator Politics: Watching, Reading, and Talking Politics; Voting; Conventional Participation Outside Elections; Protest Participation Outside Elections; Internet Activism; Participation in Deliberative Settings; Political Party Membership; The Concentration of Activity; Participatory Inequalities
New Closures for Political AggregationThe Rise of the Well-Educated in Democratic Politics; Notes; 4: Education as a Cleavage; An Educational Cleavage?; Cleavage as a Social and Political Concept; A Restructuration of Cleavages; Cleavages: Three Elements and Three Levels; Different Stages of Cleavage Formation; Social Differences: Educational Groups as Social Groups; Attitudinal Differences: Cosmopolitans versus Nationalists; Institutional Differences: Social-Liberal versus Nationalist Parties; Different Stages of Cleavage Formation across Europe
Representation: Who Are to Be Made Present and How?Responsiveness: Matching Policy Preferences and Policy Outcomes; Accountability: Ex Post Control; Legitimacy: Confidence and Support; The Participatory Revolution; New Openings and Emerging Political Opportunities; New Opportunities for Preference Formation; New Opportunities for the Mobilization of Preferences; New Opportunities for the Aggregation of Preferences; New Closures and Diminishing Democratization; New Closures for Political Preference Formation; New Closures for Political Mobilization and Organization
The Increase in Educational AttainmentThe Massification of Higher Education; The Increasing Diversification of ̀Higher ́Education; The Educational Revolution as a Critical Juncture; New Openings and Emerging Social Opportunities; Education as the Engine of Social Mobility; New Closures and Diminishing Returns; Diplomas as Screening Devices; New Privileges and Elites; The Persistence of Tertiary Education across Generations; The Rise of the Well-Educated in Society; Notes; 3: Democracy; Government by or for the People?; Principal Elements of Democracy
Summary This volume dissects the rise of a political meritocracy and its consequences for democracy and the political landscape
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed June 21, 2017)
Subject Merit (Ethics) -- Political aspects
PHILOSOPHY -- Ethics & Moral Philosophy.
Form Electronic book
Author Wille, Anchrit, author
ISBN 0191833150 (electronic bk.)
0192507907 (electronic bk.)
9780191833151 (electronic bk.)
9780192507907 (electronic bk.)