Post-democracy. Colin Crouch (2004)
“Troubled thoughts of various kinds gradually came together to form this book. By the late 1990s it was becoming clear in most of the industrialized world that, whatever the party identity of the government, there was steady, consistent pressure for state policy to favour the interests of the wealthy – those who benefited from the unrestricted operation of the capitalist economy rather than those who needed some protection from it. What seemed to be the extraordinaty opportunity presented by the fact that nearly all member states of the European Union were dominated by centre-left parties was resulting in no notable achievements at all. As a sociologist, I could not be content with explanations of this that concentrated on the veniality of politicians. It was related to structural forces: nothing was emerging within the body politic to replace the challenge to the interests of the wealthy and socially advantaged that had been presented for most of the twentieth century by the organized manual working class. The numerical decline of that class was returning politics to something resembling what it always had been before: something to serve the interests of various sections of the priviIeged.”
[op. cit, p. vii]
Some start … I will certainly enjoy this one very much!
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