Løftebrud, mistillid og demokrati

Ditte Lundkær Brudlykke, Olivia Freiesleben Frier, Trine Engelstoft Hess & Ida Juel Koll

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In present day Denmark citizens have been showing more distrust towards politicians. In this project we will try to examine problems arising from this phenomena. We will investigate into consequences for parliamentary democracy and focus upon unkept promises as a main cause for this trend. In order to define distrust and the meaning of this in relation to democracy we will take into consideration normative theories of democracy. These theories present two different views upon distrust and it’s causes as well as how it has affected development and protective democracy. In order to explain the reason rise in distrust we have chosen to look at two models within political science and sociology. We analyse the problems caused by postmodern society and try to illustrate these by using the Danish ”dagpengereform” from 2010 as an example. Postmodern society influences the possibilities of working efficiently as a politician there is a mitch match between expectations from citizens and political solutions. This can be a cause for distrust. Apart from theories about postmodern we draw upon Tim Knudsen theory about “financialized democracy” and compare his analysis of contractual policies to the broken promise in relation to maternity leave for men as a example. “The financialized” and contractual politics have been a known discourse amongst citizens and politicians do not abide by the discourse expected by citizens. There is an increasing focus upon breeches upon electoral promises and this has great effect upon present day politics. Apart from cases and qualitative methods in this project we make use of the abductive methods since we try to underline causes for the increasing distrust.

UddannelserBasis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato18 dec. 2014
VejledereOle Erik Hansen


  • Senmoderne kompleksitet
  • Løftebrud
  • Demokratiopfattelser
  • Kontraktpolitik
  • Mistillid