Satisfaction with Democracy: When Government by the People Brings Electoral Winners and Losers Together

Leeman, Lucas; Stadelmann-Steffen, Isabelle (2022). Satisfaction with Democracy: When Government by the People Brings Electoral Winners and Losers Together. Comparative political studies, 55(1), pp. 93-121. Sage Publications 10.1177/00104140211024302

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Research on direct democracy is often entirely sub-national research focusing on a single country or cross-national with limited variance in direct democratic institutions. That has consequences for the scope and opportunity to understand and learn about direct democratic institutions, in particular how they interact with representative democracy. In this paper we use a subnational cross-country comparative perspective to delve deeper into the relationship between direct democracy and individual satisfaction with democracy. To that end we propose a measure of direct democratic institutions for 101 sub-national units that allows to measure the extent of these institutions across various contexts. Comparing the subnational units of the United States, Switzerland, Germany and Austria, we do not find a general relationship between direct democratic institutions and democratic satisfaction. However, we find that direct democracy has the potential to decrease the difference between electoral winners and losers, whereby this mechanism can be observed across different representative systems.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Other Institutions > Emeriti, Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences

UniBE Contributor:

Stadelmann, Isabelle

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

0010-4140

Publisher:

Sage Publications

Language:

English

Submitter:

Isabelle Stadelmann

Date Deposited:

31 May 2021 09:45

Last Modified:

10 May 2022 10:48

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/00104140211024302

Additional Information:

Titel im Programm: Direct Democracy in Context: How Direct-Democratic Institutions Interact with Representative Democracy

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/154621

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/154621

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