Commentary on “Democracy and Scandal: A Research Agenda”
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AbstractIn my original article “Scandals as a Positive Feature of Liberal Democratic Politics: A Durkheimian perspective” (2012b), I argued that scandals are actually a positive feature of liberal democratic politics, and rather than representing a threat to political stability serve an important function. Scandals provide a “safety valve” for the expression of negativity towards political actors while reinforcing collective values and ultimately strengthening the system, consistent with Durkheim’s ideas. The response to this article certainly contains some thought-provoking examples, but they do not contradict my argument that scandal can only occur in liberal democracies due to the necessity of freedom of speech, an open and aggressive media and strong political competition.
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Australian Election Study "[Electronic data file]" Clive Bean, Ian McAllister and David Gow as the original analysts and collectors of the data bear no responsibility for this paper’s analysis or interpretation of the data 2007 Canberra Australian Social Science Data Archive, The Australian National University
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