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Title: What Do We Mean When We Talk about the ‘Political Class’ (Forthcoming/Available Online)
Authors: Allen, Peter
Cairney, Paul
Contact Email: p.a.cairney@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: political class
British politics
professionalisation
career politicians
political elites
Issue Date: 12-May-2015
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell for Political Studies Association
Citation: Allen P & Cairney P What Do We Mean When We Talk about the ‘Political Class’ (Forthcoming/Available Online), Political Studies Review.
Abstract: Recent years have seen an explosion of popular complaint about the British ‘political class’. Within this narrative, the political class are feckless, unrepresentative, immoral, and elitist. They rule over ‘ordinary people’ from Westminster with no conception of what ‘real people’ think. How can we respond to such complaints? We argue that a coherent solution will only be possible when we can define the problem clearly. ‘Political class’ should not be a catch-all description of elected politicians. Instead, we divide the ‘political class’ narrative into three distinct but related concepts - the political elite, political professionalization, and political careerism – to highlight the ways in which the term needlessly conflates distinct ideas and adds more confusion to an already vague debate.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/23013
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1478-9302.12092
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Affiliation: Queen Mary, University of London
Politics

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