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The Disinherited SocietyA Personal View of Social Responsibility in Liverpool During the Twentieth Century$
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Margaret Simey

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780853238003

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317354

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Democracy Rediscovered

Democracy Rediscovered

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(p.133) Chapter 10 Democracy Rediscovered
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The Disinherited Society
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317354.012

This chapter discusses the author's rediscovery of democracy from her experience as Chairman of Merseyside Policy Authority in Liverpool following the riots of 1981. It highlights the importance of accountability as evidenced by the actions of the police during the riots and considers the lessons about democracy that can be learned from voluntary action. It also stresses the importance of returning to the people the responsibility for the management of their common affairs of which they are often deprived.

Keywords:   democracy, riots, 1981, Merseyside Police Authority, Liverpool, accountability, voluntary action, responsibility

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