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Elitism, Populism, and European Politics

Jack Hayward


Are European elites losing touch with their peoples? The populist challenge to representative democracy is as old as democracy itself but its impact has differed between European countries. Should elected representatives respond to people's demands or to their needs? Is the press a reliable source of public information and a critical check on governments and powerful interests? Are political parties effectively mediating between leaders and mass publics or do they face a legitimacy crisis? Are parliaments able to enforce government accountability? Can the European Union and national government ... More

Keywords: accountability, economic constraints, elites, European Union, leaders, legitimacy crisis, national governments, populism, public alienation, representatives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198280354
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198280351.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jack Hayward, editor
University of Oxford
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