After Liberalism: Mass Democracy in the Managerial State by Paul E. Gottfried

By Paul E. Gottfried

Publish 12 months note: First released January 1st 1999
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In this trenchant problem to social engineering, Paul Gottfried analyzes a patricide: the slaying of nineteenth-century liberalism through the managerial nation. many folks, in fact, observe that liberalism now not connotes disbursed powers and bourgeois ethical criteria, the necessity to guard civil society from an encroaching kingdom, or the virtues of full of life self-government. Many additionally be aware of that today's "liberals" have a ways diversified objectives from these in their predecessors, aiming as they do mostly to strive against prejudice, to supply social providers and welfare merits, and to guard expressive and "lifestyle" freedoms. Paul Gottfried does greater than learn those old evidence, besides the fact that. He builds on them to teach why it issues that the managerial nation has changed conventional liberalism: the recent regimes of social engineers, he keeps, are elitists, and their rule is consensual purely within the experience that it truly is unopposed through any frequent geared up opposition.

Throughout the western global, more and more uprooted populations unthinkingly settle for centralized controls in trade for various entitlements. of their scary passivity, Gottfried locates the drawback for traditionalist and populist adversaries of the welfare nation. How can competitors of administrative elites express the general public that those that offer, in spite of the fact that ineptly, for his or her fabric wishes are the enemies of democratic self-rule and of self reliant selection making in relatives lifestyles? If we don't get up, Gottfried warns, the political debate may well quickly be over, regardless of sporadic and ideologically stressed populist rumblings in either Europe and the us.

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1 ˇ/y This functional form captures the idea that the extent to which voters would support the opposition party hinges on the opposition’s protests (x), patronage (y), and media outputs. Note that patronage is associated with a weight, 1 ˇ, suggesting that the effectiveness of the opposition’s patronage is inversely related to the ruling elite’s own patronage inputs. Admittedly, when the ruling elite is able to launch a massive patronage blitz in local constituencies, the resource-poor opposition would have a hard time impressing voters with their own constituency services.

3 Because my analytical model is concerned with the electoral contest between the incumbents and the opposition, the second stakeholder refers to these opposition members who can participate in authoritarian elections. From now on, when mentioning opposition parties, unless specified otherwise, I refer to those who are not excluded from elections. The next assumption is concerned with the incentive of opposition parties: Assumption 3 The goal of opposition parties is to defeat the ruling elite in elections.

For the purpose of our analytical model, we are concerned only with political news here. By political news, I refer to information that deals with elections and government policies. Citizens can acquire information about politics, political parties, and election candidates through personal experiences. For example, one gets to know candidates by chatting with them during an election rally held in one’s community. A street vendor feels indebted to an opposition party, who exposes the illegal protection fees the police extorts from her.

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