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Save the endangered species gray normalpolitiker

the think Tank Votewatch, specialized on EU policies, has compiled a list of the 100 most influential members of the european parliament. Four Swedish members are present. Two of them are the greens: Bodil Valero on place 57 and Linnéa Engström on site 87.

But it is not these two seasoned, and apparently successful, Meps who tops the Green list in the EUROPEAN elections. Linnéa Engström petades of the party's nomination. Valero set up in the election, but is fjärdenamn on the list, and it is thus highly uncertain if she will remain in parliament.

you will find, instead, two far more famous name: the former minister of culture, Alice Bah Kuhnke, and the previous tv-the meteorologist Pär Holmgren. One of the candidate's political experience will be limited. When the other in the autumn of 2014 was appointed as the minister of culture, perhaps it was also for her a surprise that she was miljöpartist. Bah Kuhnke and Holmgren can be said illustrate a trend in contemporary politics: Better to be a greenhorn that goes through the box than a diligent sparrow that knows how to build decision.

the Parliamentary merit appears to play a shrinking role for those aspiring to senior political roles. You should instead be known, preferably in the capacity of being something other than politicians. The united states has chosen a dokusåpakändis to the president. His colleague in the Ukraine have qualified for the post by acting president in a comedy series on tv.

You should instead be known, preferably in the capacity of being something other than politicians.

at the checkpoint on the road to power as a celebritets-cv are the most important. The one who shall be elected by the voters must usually first be selected by the parties ' apparatus and, not least, by the media. And there is possibly an over-reliance on kändisfaktorn.

the Magazine the Economist noted recently that Boris Johnson, admitted knocked the former british foreign minister, may well be Torypartiets nest leader: ”Mr. Johnson's incompetence is balanced by his perceived electability”. The incompetence outweighed by presumed eligibility. Johnson is the party's most prominent representatives.

is it Enough? Let us hope that the answer is no. In another article in the Economist, a column of the signature Bagehot, entitled ”The followership problem,” identified three mechanisms that got voters to unite behind a political party or a candidate: 1) Esteem (you vote on them you think ”stand over” one myself. 2) Klasslojalitet (you vote on representatives for a collective to identify with). 3) Valuation of skills (you vote on those you think can best handle the given issues in society). You can add a tidsraster of the analysis and thus to see democracy in the modern history of the schematiserad; from the authoritarian överhetssamhället to a society of adult and fully fledged citizens.

the old underdånigheten long history. Klassröstandet is also about to disappear. It is as it should be. But, as Bagehot points out, you can imagine that also the requirement, or expectation, on the politicians ' skills play a minor role today than in the past, while the emotions are playing an increasingly larger role, not the least of which is anger and bitterness. It is a bad omen. It was Trump's ability to play on these emotions and reactivate a perverse version of the classic väljarmekanismerna (admiration for his wealth, popularity and putative skills as a negotiator), not just his efforts in ”The Apprentice”, which made him ”selectable” in too many americans eyes.

It makes it more justified to protect the endangered species gray normalpolitiker.

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