Wood and Flinders re-center political participation on the
idea of “nexus politics.” The effort is laudable because it contributes to other
ongoing efforts at broadening our understanding of the nature of ‘political’
participation. Unfortunately, in our view, the authors misspecify new forms
of political participation that have emerged by: (1) failing to take Henrik
Bang’s work seriously; (2) focusing exclusively on motivation/intention, so
that an action is “political,” only if the person acting sees it as “political”; (3)
seeing all political participation as necessarily oppositional.