“The system is broken” is widely used by discontented people in the US as well as in the EU.
Comparing to a car if it doesn’t run: is it total loss or are there some broken parts?
In “Political discontent in the Netherlands in the first decade of the 21th century”, Brons tries to get a better sense of that statement: are people discontented with policies, politicians or democracy?
Discontent with government policies is fluid; it depends on who’s in power. There is some discontent with democracy, mostly related to a growing number of political parties.The most discontent is with the ‘political class’. This has been so from the 1970s on.
In the UK research by Paul Webb confirms the findings about policies and politicians: around 2/3 of the population judge British politicians’ standards of honesty and integrity to be ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ low, while less than 1/10 judges their standards to be high.
Only 1/10 expresses ‘a great deal’ or ‘quite a lot’ of trust in British politicians. In the US discontented people don’t feel represented and that big money of special interests seem to influence politicians positions more than what voters think.
Both Brons and Webb conclude that overcoming this will not be easy.