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ECPR Futures Lab 2020

Rising Cynicism and the Participation Gap

Political Participation
Social Movements
Political Activism
Public Opinion
Panel Number
Panel Chair
Isak Vento
University of Helsinki
Panel Co-Chair
Jenni Marianne Rinne
University of Helsinki
Panel Discussant
Katerina Vrablikova
University of Bath

24/08/2018 09:00 - 10:40
Building: VMP 5 Floor: 2 Room: 2197
The claim of rising cynicism towards political participation and politics as a
destructive force of democracy needs to be problematized. When we talk about
cynicism, what is actually meant and how is it connected to political
behaviour and forms of participation? And how is cynicism manifested in the age of
social media, when there is an every growing tendency to form bubbles that
prevent interaction with people who do not share the same opinions and values.
In this workshop we invite papers that discusses political cynicism and its democratic
implications e.g. the dissatisfaction and disenchantment with
political actors and institutions.
Could cynicism also be seen to invoke new types of democratic capacities and
forms of civic engagement? Perhaps these new mechanisms
could instead of eroding actually consolidate democracy?

Paper List

Title Details
Sitting in the Fire of Difficult Dialogues – Public Participation in a Super-Diverse Neighbourhood View Paper Details
The Dynamics of Popular Pressure Behind Policy Reversals View Paper Details
Toward a Theory of Fourth Sector Involvement View Paper Details
Trust Never Sleeps View Paper Details
What Drives Referendum Support: Populism, Distrust or Participation? View Paper Details
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