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‘Diploma democracy’ and Political Discontent

The ‘diploma democracy’ may be one reason for political discontent of some groups.

The ‘diploma democracy’ may be one reason for political discontent of some groups.

People with a higher education fill parliaments, council’s, civil service. They have other interests and concerns than people with lower education.

In Holland, M. Bovens and A. Wille found that at least 90% of parliamentarians have a higher education. And if 70% of the population doesn’t, it’s plausible that some people get fed up with those “Ivy league types” running the country.

If we look at society’s persistent problems: crime, traffic, poverty, economic development, education, health care each of them has a national and local department dealing with them.

So if people think no progress is being made on those issues, they could easily blame those departments for it.

I can relate somewhat.

I once attended a meeting with mostly government middle managers. At my assigned table we made introductions. I said I was an inventor, since I had just developed an expert system. Interestingly, no one asked me what I had invented.

If we only want to talk to people like ourselves, it will create a distance between us. From there, we may only need a little push to turn us against each other.