Faces on the Ballot. The Personalization of Electoral Systems in Europe

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Auteur
Jean-Benoit Pilet et Alan Renwick
Année
2016
ISBN
9780199685042
Pages
352

One of the key shifts in contemporary politics is the trend towards greater personalization. Collective actors such as political parties are losing relevance. Citizens are slowly dealigning from these actors, and individual politicians are therefore growing in importance in elections, in government, within parties, and in media reporting of politics. A crucial question concerns how this new pattern could be restructuring politics over the long run - notably, whether the personalization of politics is changing the institutional architecture of contemporary democracies.