Without addressing the profound challenges and contrary expectations that face political leaders, there is a very real danger of a further drift towards a ghost democracy: a system characterised by a significant hollowing out of civic life, the continuing decline of mass parties, and the further diminution of the prospect of politicians governing in proactive and far-sighted – rather than short-termist, panicky and populist – ways.

Michael Kenny and Nick Pearce: 'Political leadership in an anti-political age'

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