Politics Turned into Legalities and Economic Considerations

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It is only natural that young people who are interested in politics choose to study either law, economics or political science, but in many countries it has the effect that a very large proportion of the country's politicians are either lawyers, economists or political scientists.

This means that:

• policy is conducted by people who are schooled to think in much the same way;

• the premises for the political debate are defined by a very narrow group of citizens;

• precisely these citizens' way of thinking and expressing themselves become normative for the debate;

• the composition of parliament from a vocational viewpoint does not reflect the rest of the population;

• politicians and civil servants are trained at the same place and think alike;

• people without an education find it even more difficult to hold their own in the debate;

• a single set of values, namely the economic/legal, comes to dominate political thinking;

• politics becomes single-track and unimaginative; and

• democracy is turned into an administrative system, a technocracy that loses popular interest and support.

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