Conflict, Choice or Geography? Explaining Patterns of Democracy in Continental Europe

Bernauer, Julian; Vatter, Adrian (2016). Conflict, Choice or Geography? Explaining Patterns of Democracy in Continental Europe. European journal of political research, 56(2), pp. 251-278. Blackwell Publishing 10.1111/1475-6765.12174

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The ‘character’ of democracy is regularly summarised using political-institutional measures of, for instance, ‘consensus’ or ‘majoritarian’ democracy. Yet, there is little quantitative-comparative research on the origins of such configurations. Drawing on literature on endogenous institutions and constitutional design, this article proposes a model for the explanation of empirical patterns of democracy. Using a novel database of 26 continental (neighbouring) European democracies and Bayesian spatial modelling, the results indicate that while today's empirical patterns of democracy in terms of proportional power diffusion can be traced back to waves of democratisation rather than historical partisan power configurations, decentral power diffusion can partially be explained by socio-structural factors, and spatial dependencies exist for all variants of power diffusion.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Bernauer, Julian and Vatter, Adrian

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

0304-4130

Publisher:

Blackwell Publishing

Language:

English

Submitter:

Ladina Triaca

Date Deposited:

28 Jun 2017 10:36

Last Modified:

28 Jun 2017 11:18

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/1475-6765.12174

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.98152

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/98152

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