Political Disaffection: What We Can Learn from Asking the People

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

8 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This interpretive study of the meaning of politics for Dutch citizens offers a distinct contribution to the debate about political disaffection. Politically disaffected citizens interviewed understand politics in terms of a lifeworld-politics clash, and they espouse a policy-oriented ideal of politics that puts their lifeworld at the centre. Although their approach suggests that they turn away from institutional politics that fails this ideal, their citizenship is political, and they demand acknowledgement and inclusion of their view of reality rather than simply improvement in policy quality. These citizens assume themselves to be standing together with others presumably sharing their common sense understandings of what politics should be and how it fails in reality. However, with their micro-level interpretations, they also often see themselves standing alone in politics, without aggregation, integration and articulation of their complaints and demands. So, although confident, opinionated and oriented towards ‘big’ politics, this citizenship is defined by disjunction
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)504-523
JournalParliamentary Affairs
Volume63
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Fingerprint

politics
citizen
citizenship
micro level
complaint
aggregation
inclusion
interpretation
demand

Cite this

@article{3e9ea6b3efb844a0952814e9842bfea4,
title = "Political Disaffection: What We Can Learn from Asking the People",
abstract = "This interpretive study of the meaning of politics for Dutch citizens offers a distinct contribution to the debate about political disaffection. Politically disaffected citizens interviewed understand politics in terms of a lifeworld-politics clash, and they espouse a policy-oriented ideal of politics that puts their lifeworld at the centre. Although their approach suggests that they turn away from institutional politics that fails this ideal, their citizenship is political, and they demand acknowledgement and inclusion of their view of reality rather than simply improvement in policy quality. These citizens assume themselves to be standing together with others presumably sharing their common sense understandings of what politics should be and how it fails in reality. However, with their micro-level interpretations, they also often see themselves standing alone in politics, without aggregation, integration and articulation of their complaints and demands. So, although confident, opinionated and oriented towards ‘big’ politics, this citizenship is defined by disjunction",
author = "{van Wessel}, M.G.J.",
note = "published online on March 1, 2010",
year = "2010",
doi = "10.1093/pa/gsq004",
language = "English",
volume = "63",
pages = "504--523",
journal = "Parliamentary Affairs",
issn = "0031-2290",
publisher = "Oxford University Press",
number = "3",

}

Political Disaffection: What We Can Learn from Asking the People. / van Wessel, M.G.J.

In: Parliamentary Affairs, Vol. 63, No. 3, 2010, p. 504-523.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - Political Disaffection: What We Can Learn from Asking the People

AU - van Wessel, M.G.J.

N1 - published online on March 1, 2010

PY - 2010

Y1 - 2010

N2 - This interpretive study of the meaning of politics for Dutch citizens offers a distinct contribution to the debate about political disaffection. Politically disaffected citizens interviewed understand politics in terms of a lifeworld-politics clash, and they espouse a policy-oriented ideal of politics that puts their lifeworld at the centre. Although their approach suggests that they turn away from institutional politics that fails this ideal, their citizenship is political, and they demand acknowledgement and inclusion of their view of reality rather than simply improvement in policy quality. These citizens assume themselves to be standing together with others presumably sharing their common sense understandings of what politics should be and how it fails in reality. However, with their micro-level interpretations, they also often see themselves standing alone in politics, without aggregation, integration and articulation of their complaints and demands. So, although confident, opinionated and oriented towards ‘big’ politics, this citizenship is defined by disjunction

AB - This interpretive study of the meaning of politics for Dutch citizens offers a distinct contribution to the debate about political disaffection. Politically disaffected citizens interviewed understand politics in terms of a lifeworld-politics clash, and they espouse a policy-oriented ideal of politics that puts their lifeworld at the centre. Although their approach suggests that they turn away from institutional politics that fails this ideal, their citizenship is political, and they demand acknowledgement and inclusion of their view of reality rather than simply improvement in policy quality. These citizens assume themselves to be standing together with others presumably sharing their common sense understandings of what politics should be and how it fails in reality. However, with their micro-level interpretations, they also often see themselves standing alone in politics, without aggregation, integration and articulation of their complaints and demands. So, although confident, opinionated and oriented towards ‘big’ politics, this citizenship is defined by disjunction

U2 - 10.1093/pa/gsq004

DO - 10.1093/pa/gsq004

M3 - Article

VL - 63

SP - 504

EP - 523

JO - Parliamentary Affairs

JF - Parliamentary Affairs

SN - 0031-2290

IS - 3

ER -