What gives politics such a bad name?

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Abstract

This paper discusses the erosive impact of a shift from a politics of conflict, of polarised partisan representation to valence politics, a politics of performance, delivery and widespread policy consensus in advanced Western democracies. It is argued that consensus politics undermines the structuring role of political parties in the representation of societal conflict and hence results in diminishing interest, intensity and respect for politicians, parties and parliaments. It points towards a political rather than a sociological explanation of declining political trust.
LanguageEnglish
Pages501-511
Number of pages10
JournalIrish Political Studies
Volume26
Issue number4 Special Issue
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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  • political trust
  • representation
  • valence politics
  • bad name
  • politics

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Brandenburg, Heinz. / What gives politics such a bad name?. In: Irish Political Studies. 2011 ; Vol. 26, No. 4 Special Issue. pp. 501-511.
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