The Good Politician: Folk Theories, Political Interaction, and the Rise of Anti-Politics

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 26, 2018 - History - 324 pages
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Surveys show a lack of trust in political actors and institutions across much of the democratic world. Populist politicians and parties attempt to capitalise on this political disaffection. Commentators worry about our current 'age of anti-politics'. Focusing on the United Kingdom, using responses to public opinion surveys alongside diaries and letters collected by Mass Observation, this book takes a long view of anti-politics going back to the 1940s. This historical perspective reveals how anti-politics has grown in scope and intensity over the last half-century. Such growth is explained by citizens' changing images of 'the good politician' and changing modes of political interaction between politicians and citizens. Current efforts to reform and improve democracy will benefit greatly from the new evidence and conceptual framework set out in this important study.
 

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Contents

The Problem of AntiPolitics
17
Taking the Long View and Listening to Citizens Voices
33
The Broadening Social
67
The Broadening Political
84
The Rising Intensity
116
The Persistent Force
147
Changing Images of the Good Politician
183
Changing Modes of Political Interaction
220
From Stealth Democracy
255
References
291
Index
306
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Nick Clarke is Associate Professor of Human Geography at the University of Southampton.

Will Jennings is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Southampton.

Jonathan Moss is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sussex.

Gerry Stoker is Centenary Professor of Governance at the University of Canberra and Professor of Governance at the University of Southampton.

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