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Citizen satisfaction with democracy in the European Union

Hobolt, Sara (2012) Citizen satisfaction with democracy in the European Union. Journal of Common Market Studies, 50 (s1). pp. 88-105. ISSN 0021-9886

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2011.02229.x


The debate about the democratic deficit of the European Union has preoccupied scholars for decades. This article examines democracy in the Union from the perspective of citizens by asking what determines satisfaction with EU democracy? Two key models of regime support are applied to the European Union: the output-oriented performance model and the input-oriented procedural model. Contrary to previous work, it is argued here that there is a positive spillover effect from confidence in national institutions to the European level. These propositions are tested using survey data from 27 EU Member States. Using multi-level modelling, it is found that both performance and procedural factors matter, and that confidence in EU institutions matters more to citizens who are knowledgeable about the EU.

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Additional Information: © 2012 The Author
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2012 17:10
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 01:35

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