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17:15 - 18:45 13 November 2014

Political disenchantment in contemporary democracies


AV Hill LT 131 | Medical Sciences and Anatomy Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Gerry Stoker, Professor of Politics and Governance, University of Southampton

This talk highlights a dozen factors captured under four broad headings. We examine whether social changes might by driving anti-politics or whether changing norms and attitudes among citizens might be behind the phenomenon. These first two types of explanations imply that it is not the fault of democratic politics or its outputs that lie behind anti-politics but that something has changed about a citizen that has made politics more alienating an experience for them. However the second two sets of explanations do consider that the practice or performance of politics may have changed the relationship of politics with citizens for the worse. The political system or politicians may have changed in a way that citizens find the inherently difficult processes of politics - the imposition of collective decisions, the dull dynamics, the mendacity and the compromises.


Dimitrios Kraniotis
+44 (0)20 7679 4902 | d.kraniotis@ucl.ac.uk


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