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The Brexit vote and Trump’s election were decided democratically. So why don’t they feel that way?

Milstein, Brian (2018) The Brexit vote and Trump’s election were decided democratically. So why don’t they feel that way? LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) blog (07 Nov 2018). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

The Brexit referendum and Trump’s election were each decided by a free and fair vote, yet large proportions of UK and US citizens have trouble accepting them as truly ‘democratic’. Brian Milstein writes that a working democracy requires more than free elections; it requires additional institutions, such as a well-functioning political public sphere and a responsive political party system, to channel citizens’ voices into productive public debate and foster a sense of ‘collective democratic will’. He argues that if these institutions are in a state of decay, democratic politics can start to appear unfocused and erratic – we can even find ourselves subject to decisions that were ‘formally’ democratic, yet somehow don’t ‘feel’ democratic.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2018 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2021 13:15
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2021 23:28
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/110775

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