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Elective dictatorship? The democratic mandate concept has become dangerously over-extended

Le Roux, Nat (2014) Elective dictatorship? The democratic mandate concept has become dangerously over-extended. British Politics and Policy at LSE (07 Aug 2014). Website.

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Abstract

Against the background of a general breakdown of public confidence in the political elite, politicians on both left and right have seen themselves not as part of a broader governing elite but as outsiders, empowered by their democratic mandate to shake up government and make it more responsive to the wishes of the people. Nat le Roux argues that taken to its logical extreme, the end point of this doctrine is an impoverished political ecology in which the only actor is an omni-competent centralised executive, constrained only by periodic popular election.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s) CC BY-NC-ND 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Collections > British Politics and Policy at LSE
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2017 13:56
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2020 23:22
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/74606

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