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But why do we need politicians? A critical review

But why do we need politicians? A critical review
But why do we need politicians? A critical review
In response to growing popular dissatisfaction with politics and politicians there has been a marked increase in academic work about anti-politics and depoliticization with numerous scholars seeking to defend politics by restating why it matters. However, these efforts have largely glossed over the related question of why politicians also matter. To fill this gap I propose a typology that captures how the different intellectual perspectives in this debate see the role of politicians – identifying six in particular: procedural, legitimacy, values, authority, persuasion and dissimulation. In doing so I review each contribution and highlight synergies and disagreements between them that in-turn reveal important insights and new lines of inquiry.
0144-2872
498-512
Corbett, Jack
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Corbett, Jack
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Corbett, Jack (2014) But why do we need politicians? A critical review. Policy Studies, 35 (5), 498-512. (doi:10.1080/01442872.2014.946483).

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In response to growing popular dissatisfaction with politics and politicians there has been a marked increase in academic work about anti-politics and depoliticization with numerous scholars seeking to defend politics by restating why it matters. However, these efforts have largely glossed over the related question of why politicians also matter. To fill this gap I propose a typology that captures how the different intellectual perspectives in this debate see the role of politicians – identifying six in particular: procedural, legitimacy, values, authority, persuasion and dissimulation. In doing so I review each contribution and highlight synergies and disagreements between them that in-turn reveal important insights and new lines of inquiry.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 22 August 2014
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 388384
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/388384
ISSN: 0144-2872
PURE UUID: 8c9d3756-e932-41cf-9d0e-edd26e497121
ORCID for Jack Corbett: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2005-7162

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Date deposited: 24 Feb 2016 13:35
Last modified: 10 Jan 2022 03:04

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