- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Polity; 1 edition (March 26, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0745630995
- ISBN-13: 978-0745630991
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,546,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Hay's deeply interesting book is a splendid alchemy of detailed academic political science."
"This is, without reservation, a powerful, ambitious and provocative text that is destined to become a classic book in the field of political science."
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"A fascinating and well-written account which seeks to illuminate, and then diagnose, the problem of declining political participation in advanced liberal democracies ... Hay's book is not only well written and well balanced; it asks all of the right questions."
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"A well written and thoughtful contribution to the debate on declining levels of interest in conventional politics."
"Hay's argument is both intriguing and cogent. [A] highly valuable and innovative account."
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"All reflective public managers should contend with Colin Hay's arguments."
"Hay's book sharply identifies the corrosive consequences of government attempts to evade the problem of public political engagement. It therefore provides a good way into understanding the complex relationships between the ideas and assumptions we project on to politics and the resulting practices and processes."
"This is a superb, high-quality piece of academic research. There is real intelligence at work, being applied to big important problems. Colin Hay makes his arguments cleanly, without making unnecessarily heavy weather of them. He is judicious in his use of evidence, with his tables invariably making telling points. His 'summary lists' capture the structures of the arguments elegantly and accurately. Intellectually, it's a wonderful book."
Robert E. Goodin, Australian National University
"Although written in a different era, and in a different disciplinary climate, the obvious comparison is with Crick's In Defence of Politics. Like that book, it is guided by a real moral vision that uplifts the practice of politics. Technically it also resembles Crick in simultaneously addressing the beginning reader and the case hardened teacher and practitioner. It is wonderfully clear and direct throughout, but never shirks the analysis of complex data."
Michael Moran, University of Manchester
"In this challenging, original and wide-ranging study Colin Hay provides a searching examination of the reasons for political disaffection and disengagement, arguing that we should resist the trend to take the politics out of politics. By depoliticizing the ways in which we govern our societies, we lose the capacity to change them. This book should be read by everyone concerned with how to renew our politics and re-engage our citizens."
Andrew Gamble, University of Sheffield
Politics was once a term with an array of broadly positive connotations, associated with public scrutiny, deliberation and accountability. Yet today it is an increasingly dirty word, typically synonymous with duplicity, corruption, inefficiency and undue interference in matters both public and private. How has this come to pass? Why do we hate politics and politicians so much? How pervasive is the contemporary condition of political disaffection? And what is politics anyway? In this lively and original work, Colin Hay provides a series of innovative and provocative answers to these questions. He begins by tracing the origins and development of the current climate of political disenchantment across a broad range of established democracies. Far from revealing a rising tide of apathy, however, he shows that a significant proportion of those who have withdrawn from formal politics are engaged in other modes of political activity. He goes on to develop and defend a broad and inclusive conception of politics and the political that is far less formal, less state-centric and less narrowly governmental than in most conventional accounts. By demonstrating how our expectations of politics and the political realities we witness are shaped decisively by the assumptions about human nature that we project onto political actors, Hay provides a powerful and highly distinctive account of contemporary political disenchantment. lsquo;Why We Hate Politicsrsquo; will be essential reading for all those troubled by the contemporary political condition of the established democracies.
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Documented with graphs and tables, as well as empirical evidence observed from decades of data collated, plus the work of other political scientists and commentators.
The book reveals that political disaffection and disengagement is a complex issue but can be explained in what the author calls or classifies as follows:
- The supply side (Politicians and public authorities): Incapacity to respond to people aspirations
- The demand side (Voters and general public): Savvier
- The role of political Commentators and scientists).
- The de-politicisation of politics: prominence of civil society and independent agencies, globalisation.
Collin Hay contends that these are contributing factors. The lack of participation is not solely due to the voters but also to the purveyors of political goods. He cites the diminishing sense of public and civic duty as well as apathy from the voters. Moreover, In this category the author argues that one of the raisons for the disaffection could be due to a more educated, better informed, less deferential, more realistic and therefore, savvy electorate passing on appropriate and critical judgement on institutions of representatives government which are obsolete and need to be reformed.
On the supply side he argues that the competition between political parties which he characterises as Marketization of electoral competition in advanced liberal democracies. Consequently, this has resulted in politicians and political parties presenting themselves to voters in terms of personality or image rather than policy.
Finally the author attributes the lack of participation to de-politicisation and globalisation; whereby government institutions are turned into independent agencies (quangos in England) as well as the effect of globalisation which takes away the power of a single state and put it in the jurisdiction of an international organisation.
The book clearly demonstrates the decline of formal political participation over several decades in liberals western democracies until 2007 however, with the emergence of popular political parties in countries such as Greece with Syriza, Podemos in Spain due to the financial crisis of 2007, the resurgence of the Labour party in the United Kingdom due to its new Leader Jeremy Corbyn aversion for the politics of austerity advocated and adopted by the main liberal countries in the western world; in addition to the USA with the candidacies (2016 Presidential election) of Donald Trump and Bernard Sanders, have showed that people want to participate.
What has happened since the publication of the book is that a new political landscape is developing. New political movements are emerging under our eyes they are extremely popular and led by charismatics leaders capable of galvanizing the voters and creating a new dynamic that energises the young’s as well as the elders by dragging them out of their political apathy.
The increasing hostility towards the financial oligarchy, the political elites and the corporate media as well as the complete inability of elected politicians to address the concerns of the many has finally created a new breed of citizens who want to take part in political activities but are just waiting for a leader that can articulate their needs and wants and brings changes that they can believe in.