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Having a say or getting your way? Political choice and satisfaction with democracy

Hobolt, Sara B., Hoerner, Julian M. and Rodon, Toni (2021) Having a say or getting your way? Political choice and satisfaction with democracy. European Journal of Political Research, 60 (4). 854 - 873. ISSN 0304-4130

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1475-6765.12429


Citizen satisfaction with democracy is greater when parties offer choices that are congruent with voter preferences. But are citizens content with simply having a party that represents their views or does their satisfaction depend on whether that party can also be instrumental in implementing policies? We argue that instrumentality moderates the effect of ideological congruence on democratic satisfaction. Combining an analysis of cross-national survey data with an experimental conjoint design, we find that citizens able to vote for a congruent party with a chance of entering government are more satisfied with democracy, whereas congruence without instrumentality has no such effect.

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Additional Information: © 2020 European Consortium for Political Research
Divisions: Government
European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2021 13:39
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2022 00:00

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