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Introduction

Ralf Dahrendorf

in Elitism, Populism, and European Politics

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780198280354
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599422 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198280351.003.0001
  Introduction

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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.

Keywords: civil society; class; credibility; leaders; localism

Chapter.  3871 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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