The "Democracy-Politics paradox": The dynamics of political alienation

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    Abstract

    Abstract: Contemporary political scientists have observed a democratic paradox that has crystallized around the disconnection between how citizens imagine their democracy and how politics is practiced. Citizens continue to believe in the values of liberal democracy but are increasingly disillusioned with how their political systems work and the politics that are practiced in the name of democracy. This article revisits the root causes of political alienation to better understand this democratic paradox. It provides both a conceptual understanding of political alienation and its domain of action and insights into how the concept can be operationalized and measured in empirical research. It argues that while democracy itself may not be in crisis, the politics on which its operation rests is in peril.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)26-36
    Number of pages11
    JournalDemocratic Theory
    Volume1
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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