Emotions in Politics: The Affect Dimension in Political by N. Demertzis

By N. Demertzis

Caused by means of the 'affective flip' in the whole spectrum of the social sciences, this books brings jointly the dual disciplines of political psychology and the political sociology of feelings to discover the advanced dating among politics and emotion at either the mass and person point with detailed specialize in instances of political pressure.

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Roughly speaking, the Enlightenment vision of modern politics relied on two premises: first, that reason will and should dominate over passion’s destructive power, and, second, that the antagonistic aspect of politics Affective Intelligence and Liberal Politics 19 will diminish as the expected bountiful production generated by a liberal market will end the wars that result from the search for glory and the perpetual fights over limited resources (Frazer, 2010). Democracy is not the end of conflict but rather the institutionalization of particular sorts of conflict used to achieve accountability by both followership and leadership as well as offering a ground for contestations (Coser, 1956).

Into this category fall those who are too young, too infirm, who are visitors to the polity (whether of legal or illegal status, for example the ‘sans papiers’) and those who fail to meet some legal requirement to register as a voter. Also in this category fall those who are sufficiently disinterested in politics and also those who have come to a cynical or defeated view either of themselves or of the possibilities of the political system (in political science this distinction is defined as internal and external political efficacy).

Cultures constructed by the reliance on tradition, faith and violence of various kinds (the search for divine glory, religious purity and stable hierarchy resistant to change) were expected to shift towards a more cosmopolitan world of rational commerce, expansive cultural participation, democratic rule and justice. And as democratic patterns of political authority gained sovereignty over other modes of authority (religious, economic, family, social and so forth), if all went as expected, then widespread public participation in the public realm would become the crucible through which the modern would emerge.

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