Who is willing to participate? Dissatisfied democrats, stealth democrats and populists in the United Kingdom

Webb, Paul (2013) Who is willing to participate? Dissatisfied democrats, stealth democrats and populists in the United Kingdom. European Journal of Political Research, 52 (6). pp. 747-772. ISSN 0304-4130

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Abstract

This article demonstrates that two quite distinctive types of political disaffection – ‘dissatisfied democratic’ and ‘stealth democratic’ – exist among British citizens, with the former being more prevalent. While both types manifest low trust in political elites, the dissatisfied democrat is politically interested, efficacious and desires greater political participation, while the contrary is generally true of the stealth democrat. However, stealth demo-
crats are favourably disposed towards direct democracy, which can be attributed to the populist nature of stealth democratic attitudes. Even so, when given the opportunity to take part in a national referendum, neither stealth democrats nor dissatisfied democrats showed much inclination to vote.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN0101 Great Britain
Depositing User: Paul Webb
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2013 10:31
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2013 14:23
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/44135
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