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Post-Democracy is a polemical work that goes beyond current complaints about the failings of our democracy and explores the deeper social and economic forces that account for the current malaise. Colin Crouch argues that the decline of those social classes which had made possible an active and critical mass politics has combined with the rise of global capitalism to Post-Democracy is a polemical work that goes beyond current complaints about the failings of our democracy and explores the deeper social and economic forces that account for the current malaise.
Colin Crouch argues that the decline of those social classes which had made possible an active and critical mass politics has combined with the rise of global capitalism to produce a self-referential political class more concerned with forging links with wealthy business interests than with pursuing political programmes which meet the concerns of ordinary people. He shows how, in some respects, politics at the dawn of the twenty-first century returns us to a world familiar well before the start of the twentieth, when politics was a game played among elites.
However, Crouch maintains that the experience of the twentieth century remains salient and it reminds us of possibilities for the revival of politics. This engaging book will prove challenging to all those who claim that advanced societies have reached a virtual best of all possible democratic worlds, and will be compelling reading for anyone interested in the shape of twenty-first-century politics. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published August 13th by Polity Press first published December 18th More Details Original Title.
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How do you make people turn away from politics in frustration and disgust? Please note that I put the original German text at the end of this review. Just if you might be interested. A good description of the development of the last decades and the methodology behind it including some future forecasts. The interest is directed only to the meaningless puppets. These act, intentionally or unintentionally, implausible, wrong and clumsy.
Citizens are beginning to stir up antipathies against their repre How do you make people turn away from politics in frustration and disgust? Citizens are beginning to stir up antipathies against their representatives. At the same time, the implemented policy is unjust, and the negative consequences of incompetence radiate into all spheres of life. Even initially interested and committed citizens turn away.
The system is left to itself, and the actors can do whatever they want. Less and less people go to vote. If the turnout is still high, mostly populists are the winners. Both is chalked to the electorate by the politicians. Not the authorities would have failed, but the helpless citizens would be unable to make reasonable choices. The more interested citizens turn away much sooner. They are disgusted and have resigned because of privatization, social degradation, environmental destruction, neoliberalism, deregulation, outsourcing, free trade, public-private partnership, etc.
Since they know the background, they want to have nothing more to do with it and prefer to get involved in citizens' initiatives and NGOs without voting rights instead. People who are affine for fanaticism and simple solutions are mobilized on the other hand. This leads to a strengthening of the more extreme political currents. The established, meaningless old parties no longer have an influx.
They rushed with their annexed media against the new parties to denounce them. This can sometimes be counterproductive because non-brainwashed partisans recognize the defamation campaigns as such.
Thus, the campaigns act as a boomerang, which confirms the allegations of lies and one-sided reporting. It makes in the end no difference whether an established party is conservative republican or progressively democratic. Or extreme left or right outside. As long as there are domestic stability and a minimum of wealth, anyone is preaching anything from the pulpit.
Politicians are robbed of their potential danger in this way because nobody takes them seriously anymore. When an economic collapse, a natural disaster, a war or a sinking event threatens bread and games, politic comes crawling out of its holes again.
Until then, each party is a slave to the market. Regardless of who one votes for, politics will always be the same. Against one. The only exceptions are Switzerland with its strong grassroots co-determination and Scandinavia with an exemplary health system, education, and social systems. All other Western democracies are undermined, corrupt to the core and compliant vassals of the puppet masters of capital in the background.
Nothing but a more subtle variant of indirect, softened dictatorship. Which does not even have the edge to reveal itself as such. But hypocritically wraps itself as a travesty in passages of constitutions and human rights to conceal its putrid body.
One has to hope that no extreme case will not happen anymore. As long as the economy directs the policy, it will provide peace and stability. So that its worldwide distribution network cannot be broken. And no more valuable, hard-to-replace employees and skilled workers will be harmed. It is indeed a devastating model for the planet and many people that carries the seeds of self-destruction in it. But at the same time, it ensures stability and prosperity for as many people as never before in history.
And as much poverty and misery. The tragedy lies in the fact that the most competent people pursue financially lucrative, not humanities disciplines and have no interest in a political career. They would earn worse and could not develop creatively in and with their work.
Of the motives of those who aspire to political office, not even to talk. Just to be mistaken in the illusion that there is something like democratic participation and functioning control is self-deception and denial of reality. Once again, adult fairytales, as they leaf through the newspaper or watch the news on television. We have left the era of the God-states, kingdoms, military dictatorships and a very brief interlude of the functioning ecosocial democratic market economy in Europe, North America and parts of Asia behind us.
The age of corporatocracy, homage, and worship of mammon lies in its final stages. Through to its exponential growth, it's always likely to implode. If it does not want to go down, it has to transform. It will take control of disruptive, sustainable technologies, organic agriculture, renewable energy, etc.
And install a post-scarcity society with unconditional basic income so that rebellions and civil wars do not devastate the country. But before that, make as much as it can with the squeezing of the planet and then fix it again.
One can earn very well on both. One has to respect the perfidy of the concept of deliberately turning hard-won democracy into a farce. Whatever think tank initiated the frustration campaign has thought in the long term. The state holds up itself to the ridicule with its illogical behavior and its incompetent representatives.
At the same time, the tragedy is always felt because of the suffering and the long-term consequences as an undercurrent.
Philosophy Dictionary of Arguments Home. List view. Crouch Thesis: all Western democracies are in the process of post-democratization. Characteristics of Post-Democracy: 1 The basic democratic institutions and procedures are losing influence. Content is being replaced by personalised election campaign strategies. The mediating function of the parties would increasingly be transferred to opinion research institutes.
At one level, yes. Since the global financial deregulation that was the jewel in the crown of wealthy elite lobbying brought the financial crisis of and the subsequent Eurocrisis. Apparently in response, many voters in many countries rejected the globalization and liberalization that was the elite project. They have backed anti-liberal, xenophobic populist movements that have disturbed the calm, manipulated waters of post-democratic politics. Furthermore, these xenophobic movements, of which the British campaign to leave the European Union is a prominent example, often echo my complaints about an elite-driven politics that takes ordinary citizens for granted and ignores their concerns. But at a more important level, no.