A vox pop on Today just said something that I suspect speaks for a lot: “after all this, I’m never voting again”. I wonder if we’re going to encounter a deeper, more volatile version of what Peter Mair addresses in Ruling the Void.
Mair’s book (like Crouch’s post-democracy) described a broadly pre-2008 world of Blairite triangulation, tv-oriented politics, political marketing, all producing a sense that politics is something that only specialists do.
A post-2016 version (encompassing YouTube, facebook, start-up parties, celebrity non-politicians, far-right freedom fighters) would have to contend with a much more dangerous proposition that, for many people, ‘democracy’ is a complete fiction from top to bottom.
I hear you. I'm suggesting a contributing factor: if you think democracy = I get what I want/vote/pay for then it is easier to see our current democracy as a sham (where manifestly nobody is getting what they want)