Political Powerlessness as Reality

  • Marvin E. Olsen


A sense of political alienation is certainly not unique to our era, as seen in the writings of the fifteenth-century French poet Deschamps. Many commentators on modern social life nevertheless view estrangement from power and politics as a fundamental and pervasive characteristic of all urban-industrial-bureaucratic societies: ‘Rarely before have men experienced such mass resignation before the forces of society, such a sense of distance from the sources of power, such defeatism in the face of an explosive world situation’ (Keniston, 1960).


Political System Modern Society Political Participation Power Centralization Ordinary Member 


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© H. E. Stenfert Kroese bv, Leiden 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marvin E. Olsen
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  1. 1.Battelle Human Affairs Research CentersSeattleUSA

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