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

The good politician: folk theories, political interaction, and the rise of anti-politics
The good politician: folk theories, political interaction, and the rise of anti-politics
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.
Cambridge University Press
Clarke, Nick
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Jennings, Will
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Moss, Jonathan
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Stoker, Gerry
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Moss, Jonathan
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Stoker, Gerry
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Clarke, Nick, Jennings, Will, Moss, Jonathan and Stoker, Gerry (2018) The good politician: folk theories, political interaction, and the rise of anti-politics , Cambridge. Cambridge University Press, 324pp.

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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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Published date: April 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 419153
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/419153
PURE UUID: eaf59772-8963-431f-a118-b9cd20e5f0b7
ORCID for Nick Clarke: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9148-9849
ORCID for Will Jennings: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9007-8896

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Date deposited: 06 Apr 2018 16:30
Last modified: 03 Mar 2021 02:42

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Author: Nick Clarke ORCID iD
Author: Will Jennings ORCID iD
Author: Jonathan Moss
Author: Gerry Stoker

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