The Good Politician -

The Good Politician

Folk Theories, Political Interaction, and the Rise of Anti-Politics

By Nick Clarke, Will Jennings, Jonathan Moss, Gerry Stoker

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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.

Product code: 9781108459815

ISBN 9781108459815
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H229xW132xS18
No. Of Pages 324
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Offers a substantial contribution to debates on declining political support and rising political disaffection. Using responses to public opinion surveys alongside diaries and letters collected by Mass Observation, it reveals how British citizens' understandings, expectations, and judgements of formal politics have changed since World War II.