Popular Understandings of Politics in Britain, 1937-2015


Citizens may have never been enchanted with politics, but change and decline in public attitudes are observable.

By UoSAnti-Politics |

Last week, Gerry Stoker presented two papers that introduced a framework of analysis for developing a better understanding of public disengagement with formal politics in contemporary democracies.

Speaking at UCL, Gerry pointed out that whilst citizens may have never been enchanted with politics, new insights from research showed observable change and decline in public attitudes across time and between social groups. Gerry went on to illustrate the political impact of anti-politics in the present and suggested some potential solutions.

Gerry Stoker UCL paper

In a paper presented at the University of Newcastle, Gerry discussed five types of ‘decline’ trajectories observable in various contemporary democracies to illustrate differences in anti-politics between countries.

Gerry Stoker Newcastle Paper


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