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The flawed assumption of the centrist paradox and support for democracy

Palaiologou, Elli (2019) The flawed assumption of the centrist paradox and support for democracy. Democratic Audit Blog (10 May 2019). Blog Entry.

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The so called ‘centrist paradox’ refers to the idea, proposed by David Adler, that an observed decline in support for democracy across the world has occurred primarily among centrist voters, rather than those who lie at the extremes of the policy spectrum. Elli Palaiologou argues that this theory is based on a flawed assumption that all individuals located between the left and right can be regarded as ‘centrist’. In reality, this ‘centrist’ group contains a large number of individuals who are simply less willing to take strong political positions, including on the value of democracy.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
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Additional Information: © 2019 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2021 20:30
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2021 23:01

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