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Looking back on the Blair era, it is striking to note how many of its big themes seem bound up with the new form of democracy that has been emerging in the past two decades, the contours of which are still hard to describe with any precision. Britain’s media democracy still has much in common with the representative democracy it grew out of, but shows less deference to the political class and more to public opinion as refracted through the news media. Elites are less confident, political parties and their ideologies have a smaller role in opinion formation, and the…

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