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Persistent unemployment poses a substantive threat to democracy in Southern European countries

Muro, Diego and Vidal, Guillem (2014) Persistent unemployment poses a substantive threat to democracy in Southern European countries. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (13 Mar 2014). Website.

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Abstract

The purpose of competitive elections is to reward good politicians and punish bad ones, but what happens if elections can no longer fulfil this role? Diego Muro and Guillem Vidal write that developments in Southern European countries since the start of the financial crisis have undermined the legitimising role of elections. Suffering from persistent unemployment rates, citizens’ frustration has been indiscriminately projected onto the key political institutions: the government, parliament, and political parties. They illustrate that the unemployment rate is the measure that best forecasts rising levels of political disaffection in these countries, and that voting for a change of government has little impact on citizens’ trust in politics.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2017 11:00
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2020 23:13
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/72093

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