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Being PoliticalLeadership and Democracy in the Pacific Islands$
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Jack Corbett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824841027

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824841027.001.0001

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Understanding Politicians

Understanding Politicians

(p.174) Chapter 7 Understanding Politicians
Being Political

Jack Corbett

University of Hawai'i Press

Concludes by returning to the anti-politics discussion introduced in Chapter One. It outlines how disaffection is produced by a distinction between a naive view of leadership and the messy and contingent nature of political practice, with particular emphasis on the way generational change encourages pejorative comparisons between a valorized independence generation and contemporary leaders. It concludes by offering a practical defense of politicians that serves to temper popular cynicism.

Keywords:   anti-politics, generational change, professional politicians, developmental leaders, participation

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