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Популизъм и отдалечаване на меритократичните елити в либералните демокрации
Populism and Detachment of Meritocratic Elites in the Liberal Democracies

Author(s): Ruzha Smilova
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Political Theory, Political Sciences
Published by: Българска асоциация за политически науки - БАПН
Keywords: populism; meritocracy; contradictions and crisis of liberal democracy; fair equality of opportunity

Summary/Abstract: The main thesis of the text is that populist actors often voice legitimate critiques of the ruling elites in liberal democracies. The alternatives they offer, however, are worse than the illness they claim to cure. There is some merit in their central critique – the global meritocratic elites have betrayed their respective people, as the governing elites in liberal democracies are often too distant from the citizens who elected them to govern. The alternative that the above mentioned critics offer – nationally responsible leadership, claiming to be the unique voice of the authentic will and interests of the people – sounds attractive. Yet it is not credible and moreover, undermines political pluralism – the fundamental presupposition of a well-working liberal democracy. The better alternative, it is argued in the text, are responsive to their citizens, meritocratic pluralistic governing elites.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 26-41
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Bulgarian