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Why voters in emerging democracies are more reliable than we thought

Bochsler, Daniel and Hänni, Miriam (2018) Why voters in emerging democracies are more reliable than we thought. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (01 May 2018). Website.

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Elections in new democracies such as those in Central and Eastern Europe are often expected to be volatile affairs, with sizeable shifts in support between parties from one election to another. But is this really a fair characterisation of how citizens of these states choose to use their vote? Presenting findings from a new study, Daniel Bochsler and Miriam Hänni write that the key to understanding voting behaviour in new democracies is to recognise the importance of economic performance. Citizens in younger democracies are more likely to relate the legitimacy of a government to the country’s economic performance, with this effect reducing as a democracy matures.

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Additional Information: © 2018 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2018 10:39
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2021 23:14

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