January 2014, Year VI, n. 1
Lobbying for the people. Oxymoron or common sense?
Telos: In Europe we are facing a paradox: the interest of the citizens in politics is reviving - also thanks to the economic downturn - but the demand for participation seems to be channeled into an uprising against politics. Is this the signal of an irreversible crisis, or rather a signal of hope for our democracies?
Alberto Alemanno: Today, the intellectual pendulum is swinging back to the belief that State action is needed to regulate human affairs. As the only institution standing between individuals and non-State actors, such as corporations and banks, the State - in the aftermath of one of the largest failures of the free market - is indeed poised to prompt citizens’ interest and possibly regain some legitimacy in their eyes ... more