By David Van Reybrouck
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In the autumn of 2012, Eurobarometer, the European Union’s official research bureau, noted that only 33% of Europeans still have faith in the European Union. 6 These figures are some of the lowest in years, an indication that today, two-thirds to three-quarters of people distrust the most important institutions of their political ecosystems. Although a certain scepticism is an essential component of critical citizenship, we are justified in asking how widespread this distrust might be and at what point healthy scepticism tips over into outright aversion.
The public sphere took shape in new institutions such as cafés, theatres, opera houses, but perhaps most of all in that peculiar invention of the time, the newspaper. The political awareness that emerged during the Renaissance came to characterise larger and larger groups. The citizen was born. FIGURE 1: Elections in historical perspective: the main developments in the electoral-representative system in Western democracies The American and French revolutions of 1776 and 1789 represent the high point of this development.
It’s as if the people who compiled the declaration in 1948 had come to see the specific method as a basic right, as if the procedure was in itself sacred. It would appear that the fundamental cause of Democratic Fatigue Syndrome lies in the fact that we have all become electoral fundamentalists, despising those elected but venerating elections. Electoral fundamentalism is an unshakeable belief in the idea that democracy is inconceivable without elections and elections are a necessary and fundamental precondition when speaking of democracy.
Against Elections: The Case for Democracy by David Van Reybrouck