What kind of people actually become politicians?

Politicians really are different from the rest of us — and not in a good way.

Boris JohnsonBoris Johnson (Source: AP/SITA)

Democratic politics are predicated on the idea that elected officials
are representative of the general population and that, once elected,
they work to understand and represent public interests. In other
words, one hopes that a good portion of politicians are driven by the
desire to understand voter needs and translate those needs into
policies. But is there any evidence that is true? What kind of people
actually become politicians?

The growing body of research into personality types and how they
interact with political ambitions and success paints an interesting
picture — and may go a long way toward explaining why politics feel
increasingly dysfunctional and divorced from everyday life. The
evidence indicates that politicians really are different from the rest
of us — and not in a good way.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

COVID-19 causes restaurant owners to sell their businesses

Hundreds of gastro facilities are being advertised on real estate websites.

A waiter brings a meal to a customer in a Chinese restaurant in Bratislava on May 20, 2020.

Trianon is a trauma for Hungary even a hundred years later

Slovaks and Hungarians look at the events that led up to the Trianon Treaty differently.

Hungarian delegation is leaving the castle Big Trianon after signing the treaty on June 4, 1920.

Some borders start opening ahead of the summer season (news digest)

Matovič and co. visited Czechia. Even foreigners living in Slovakia can travel to Croatia.

PM Matovič, Deputy PM Veronika Remišová and Foreign Affairs Minister Ivan Korčok on board the flight to Prague for the official visit to the Czech Republic on June 3.

Iconic pharmacy Salvator in Bratislava is closer to new life

Bratislava city council wants to resurrect pharmacy after becoming exclusive owner.

The Salvator pharmacy has been closed for more than two decades.