A disillusioned democracy? Popular attitudes to politics in Britain since 1918

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Date(s) - 24/05/2018
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Humanities Research Institute (HRI)


Britain is widely perceived to face serious problems of political disengagement and disaffection, evident in a lack of confidence in governing institutions, low trust ratings for politicians and public officials, and the rejection of the European Union in the ‘Brexit’ vote. Much of the discussion of our contemporary situation is based on the assumptions that in the past citizens were more politically engaged, had clearer ideological positions, had greater respect for, and trust in, politicians, and received more reliable political information. Yet how much has really changed?

In this event, Professor Adrian Bingham (University of Sheffield) and Professor Will Jennings (University of Southampton) will discuss the historical evidence about what ordinary people thought about politicians and politics in the past, and how this has altered since 1918. Drawing on social survey responses, polling data and life-writing they will contextualise contemporary developments by identifying longer-term patterns of political change.

For further information, please contact: adrian.bingham@sheffield.ac.uk