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Brocker I 949
Political Parties/Crouch: Thesis: Citizens lose interest in politics, seek their salvation in the private sphere, turn to new social or populist movements, while the elected parties adhere to their economically liberal reconstruction plans in order to make the nation state globally competitive.
The structure of the major parties has changed dramatically. In a shrinking center are the top politicians, who are orbited by consultants and lobbyists in the form of an "ellipse"(1).
Brocker I 950
The People's Parties have turned into (...) roped parties, in which political functionaries, professional experts and representatives of industry alternate to run democratic businesses. The typical party of the end of the 20th century has moved away from the basis and is instead serving companies that provide funds to finance service providers for opinion polls, policy advice and election campaigns.
This state is post-democratic to the extent that the political work is carried out by non-political professionals; but it is also "pre-democratic [...] because [...] individual enterprises and commercial interests [...] are granted access to politics"(2).



1. Colin Crouch, Postdemocrazia, Rom/Bari 2003 (engl.: Oxford 2004). Dt.: Colin Crouch, Postdemokratie, Frankfurt/M. 2008, p. 95
2. Ibid. p. 99


Ludger Heidbrink, „Colin Crouch, Postdemokratie“, in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

PolCrouch I
Colin Crouch
Henry Farrell
Breaking the path of institutional development? Alternatives to the new determinism 2004

PolCrouch II
Colin Crouch
Post-democracy London 2004

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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