Mediocre Élites Elected by Mediocre Peoples
The re‐emergence in the 1990s of a credibility gap between political leaders and the electorate is characterized by five features: there is a continuing erosion of the class basis of politics; the stabilizing effects of the Cold War have disappeared; civil society is turning against those who govern; localism is asserting itself; and political leaderships are confused. The change is more a phase in a recurring cycle than a long‐term trend.
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