Moore, Henrietta L. (2004) ‘The benefits of doubt’ in Rogers, B. & Cottam, H. (eds). Touching the State: What does it mean to be a citizen in the 21st Century?

Politics is about judgement and decisions. For the citizens of the UK, as elsewhere, these moments of judgement are most evident at the points when their lives touch the State – in the case of this project, voting, jury service and becoming a citizen.

These moments all involve decisions in one way or another. We should not be surprised, then, when individuals articulate that moment of contact with the State as one of giving their opinion, having their say, speaking their mind. People want to be able to exercise judgement, and they are more than willing to take responsibility for the decisions they take.