For years many politicians have allowed themselves to steer away from governance, causing depoliticisation. This has become one of the most urgent issues in our global political economy today. Politicians have begun to dump all of the work on citizens, yet still benefiting from the effects of depoliticisation. These effects include tax avoidance, unorganized governance and politicians allowing their emotional views take over their political views.

Depoliticisation is to remove from the arena or influence of politics: to depoliticize labour relations, to deprive of involvement or interest in politics. (deff here) This means politicians are beginning to dump the load on its citizens, although having citizens involved is not a bad thing, when it comes to them actually doing the work they seem to be putting it off.

This affects our global political economy because it is the citizen’s job to request change but it is a politicians job to actually put change through. This could affect the economic market nationally and internationally. For example, if citizens decide to pass a new law that will reduce paying high taxes for the working class and attempt to balance out the gap between upper class and working class, but politicians cannot seem to put it through, that would be depoliticisation. They are almost picking and choosing what laws to pass and which ones to overlook in order to benefit themselves.

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According to psa.ac.uk this has caused people to not trust politics, it becomes a cycle, and it goes as following: politicians give an idea, citizens vote for the idea, idea either gets put through for the wrong reason or does not get put through at all, citizen loses trust in politician, politician gains trust back, politicians give an idea. This causes so many trust issues and doesn’t allow citizens to feel comfortable when trusting the governance of their political leaders. Stanford centre says the inequality regime in which we live is the product of political decisions about how to allocate goods, how to organize markets, and how to redistribute the income generated in markets stanford.edu.

Depoliticisation can affect not only markets but can also affect the way welfare gets treated, this means people may have their benefits taken from them because of some sort of unorganized governance, which would be completely unfair. Academia.edu states that the fact that these parties retain the working and lower-middle classes as their constituency is key, however, because their electoral success remains dependent on their continuing to fulfil their mandate for social betterment through policies such as education, infrastructure and healthcare reform.

Depoliticisation has become one of the most urgent issues in our global political economy today due to the fact that it manipulates the way politics are supposed to work and it makes citizens distrust their political leaders.

 

References

Academia.edu, (2015). The Political Nature of Economic Depoliticisation: a study into the discourses of moral responsibility, tax avoidance and welfare recipients. [online] Available at: http://www.academia.edu/9484932/The_Political_Nature_of_Economic_Depoliticisation_a_study_into_the_discourses_of_moral_responsibility_tax_avoidance_and_welfare_recipients [Accessed 17 Dec. 2015].

Psa.ac.uk, (2015). Is anti-politics explained by depoliticisation? | The Political Studies Association (PSA). [online] Available at: https://www.psa.ac.uk/psa-communities/specialist-groups/anti-politics-and-depoliticisation/blog/anti-politics-explained [Accessed 17 Dec. 2015].

TheFreeDictionary.com, (2015). depoliticisation. [online] Available at: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/depoliticisation [Accessed 17 Dec. 2015].

Web.stanford.edu, (2015). The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality – Issue – Politicsand Political Economy. [online] Available at: http://web.stanford.edu/group/scspi/issue_politics_political_economy.html [Accessed 17 Dec. 2015].

 

-Cecilia Urrutia

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