Is democracy a question of supply or demand?
in The end of populism
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This is a pivotal chapter, exploring the central question: is democracy a question of demand or supply? Populists opt for the first answer and pretend that politicians have only to execute the “people’s will.” The author argues that things are actually less simple and that democracy is rather a question of supply: politicians have an active role to play in the formulation of political goals. The author, therefore, supports Joseph Schumpeter’s argument that a “people’s will” as such does not exist and that one must rather speak of a “manufactured will.” Politicians play a leading role In this “manufacturing process.”

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