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Attitudes in established democracies show there is still a place for independent experts in politics


Bertsou, Eri; Pastorella, Giulia (2016). Attitudes in established democracies show there is still a place for independent experts in politics. London: London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Abstract

While recent political developments may paint a bleak picture of the role of unelected experts in democratic politics, Eri Bertsou and Giulia Pastorella argue that positive attitudes toward ‘technocrats’ remain prevalent in many established democracies. They explain that what drives citizen preferences for political decision-making by independent experts is distrust of representative political institutions and a belief in the merits of democracy as a system. This highlights the appeal of ‘non-political politics’, which has enjoyed a surge in the past decade.

Abstract

While recent political developments may paint a bleak picture of the role of unelected experts in democratic politics, Eri Bertsou and Giulia Pastorella argue that positive attitudes toward ‘technocrats’ remain prevalent in many established democracies. They explain that what drives citizen preferences for political decision-making by independent experts is distrust of representative political institutions and a belief in the merits of democracy as a system. This highlights the appeal of ‘non-political politics’, which has enjoyed a surge in the past decade.

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Item Type:Scientific Publication in Electronic Form
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Language:English
Date:9 December 2016
Deposited On:28 Oct 2021 12:06
Last Modified:28 Oct 2021 12:16
Publisher:London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
OA Status:Green
Official URL:https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2016/12/09/independent-experts-in-politics/
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English