Review of The Good Politician. Folk Theories, Political Interaction, and the Rise of Anti-Politics, by Nick Clarke, Will Jennings, Jonathan Moss, Gerry Stoker. Cambridge University Press. 309 pp. £21.99.
Even by the poised and collected standards of the best Anglo-American political thought, the very title of this book sounds alarming. That is because it investigates an equally alarming—if somehow unsurprising—state of affairs which, in the liberal-democratic West, is looking increasingly like the most complete bankruptcy of representative democratic politics since the Second World War.