In this global collaborative project with the Political Studies Association Anti-politics and Depoliticisation Special Group, we are examining and evaluating re-politicistaion.
What are the best conditions for re-politicisation?
When is re-politicisation more common and desirable?
Are there some areas, like the environment and economy, better left to the experts?
How can re-politicisation help improve public policy, and the public’s understanding of politics?
Matthew Flinders and Matthew Wood recently had “When Politics Fails: Hyper-Democracy and Hyper-Depoliticization” published in New Political Science which identified a correlation between increasing political pressures on national governments, and the delegation of decisions away from elected politicians. It argues that a more balanced approach should be taken in terms of democratic government.
Also by Matt Wood, the blog piece “Wage policy ‘coup’ marks debasing of politics by hyper-democracy” argues that politicians are damaging democracy by creating public “euphoria” from promised policies but then quickly quashing such hopes and thereby fuelling public distrust of politicians.