I am a doctoral student in economics and have problems with the progress of my doctoral thesis because my supervisor hardly cares about my work. I currently need some feedback and comments from him, as I cannot publish my results before. This problem is not a current problem, but has existed since the beginning of my PhD. It seems that this is not only the case for me, but also for other doctoral candidates and students who are supervised by him. During the semester I can go to his office if I have a question. However, even at these meetings he almost never read my work before and told me that he had no time or had forgotten about it. Currently, these personal meetings are also not possible due to the coronavirus. Therefore I have already sent him e-mails several times, but he hardly answers my messages.
So I would like to ask how I can politely express that I would like to see more commitment from him? Otherwise he is very friendly and can also help me with technical problems (if he does this once). I therefore do not want to burden the relationship with too negative criticism.
How can I get him to 1) read my current work in the near future and 2) generally pay more attention to my thesis.
Can anyone give me any recommendations on this?