The Good Politician: Folk Theories, Political Interaction, and the Rise of Anti-Politics

Nick ClarkeUniversity of Southampton , Will JenningsUniversity of Southampton , Jonathan MossUniversity of Sussex , Gerry StokerUniversity of Southampton

Cambridge University Press, 2018 ISBN 9781108641357

The Good Politician: Folk Theories, Political Interaction, and the Rise of Anti-Politics
By Nick Clarke, Will Jennings, Jonathan Moss, Gerry Stoker

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.


Cultural Backlash: Trump, Brexit and Authoritarian Populism

Pippa Norris (Harvard and Sydney Universities) and Ronald Inglehart (University of Michigan)
Cambridge University Press, 2019 ISBN: 9781108595841

Authoritarian populist parties have advanced in many countries, and entered government in states as diverse as Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and Switzerland. Even small parties can still shift the policy agenda, as demonstrated by UKIP's role in catalyzing Brexit. Drawing on new evidence, the book advances a general theory why the silent revolution in values triggered a backlash fuelling support for Authoritarian-Populist parties and leaders in the US and Europe. The conclusion highlights the dangers of this development and what could be done to mitigate the risks to liberal democracy.