Creative Participation presents the theory and practice of new innovative forms of political participation. Examples covered in the book include consumers engaging in political shopping, capitalists building green developments, UK Muslim youth campaigning on the internet, Sicilian housewives taking on the Mafia, young evangelical ministers becoming concerned with social change and vegetarians making political statements. The authors show how in these new campaigns individuals swarm like honeybees around particular issues, causing those in power to sit up and take notice. This is the essential guide to the new politics of participation.
Michele Micheletti is the Lars Hierta Professor of Political Science at Stockholm University in Sweden. Her publications include Political Virtue and Shopping: Individuals, Consumerism, and Collective Action (2003) and the co-edited Politics, Products, and Markets: Exploring Political Consumerism Past and Present (2006). Andrew S. McFarland is Professor of Political Science and a Fellow of The Institute for the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of Common Cause: Lobbying in the Public Interest (1984), Neopluralism: The Evolution of Political Process Theory (2004), and co-editor of Social Movements and American Political Institutions (1998).