The good politician: folk theories, political interaction, and the rise of anti-politics

Clarke, Nick, Jennings, Will, Moss, Jonathan and Stoker, Gerry (2018) The good politician: folk theories, political interaction, and the rise of anti-politics. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9781108641357

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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.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Depositing User: Jonathan Moss
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2018 11:57
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2018 16:23
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Popular Understandings of Politics, 1945-2015UnsetESRCES/L007185/1