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Myth and reality of the legitimacy crisis : explaining trends and cross-national differences in established democracies
Éditeur Oxford University Press
Année 2017
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Myth and reality of the legitimacy crisis : explaining trends and cross-national differences in established democracies
1 vol. (xvii-261 pages) ; 24 cm
Bibliogr. p. 225-248. Index
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Part I: Legitimacy and representative democracy: state of the art, concepts, and trends ; A Legitimacy crisis of representative democracy? / Jacques Thomassen and Carolien van Ham ; The myth of legitimacy decline: an empirical evaluation of trends in political support in established democracies / Carolien van Ham and Jacques Thomassen ; Part II: What is wrong with theories of legitimacy decline? Reappraising existing theories ; Modernization, globalization, and satisfaction with democracy / Kees Aarts, Carolien van Ham, and Jacques Thomassen ; Social capital and the development of political support in Europe / Marc Hooghe and Anna Kern ; Legitimacy decline and party decline / Rudy B. Andeweg and David M. Farrell ; Media malaise and the decline of legitimacy: any room for good news? / Peter Van Aelst ; Part III : Diverging trends?: explaining within and between country differences in political support ; Institutions and political support / Shaun Bowler ; Dissecting the Causal chain from quality of government to political support / Tom van der Meer ; Economic outcomes, quality of governance, and satisfaction with democracy / Pedro C. Magalhães ; olitical support in the wake of policy controversies / Peter Esaiasson, Mikael Gilljam, and Mikael Persson ; Part IV : Reflections and conclusions ; Studying political legitimacy / Rudy B. Andeweg and Kees Aarts
"Theories about legitimacy decline and legitimacy crisis are as old as democracy itself. Yet, representative democracy still exists, and empirical evidence for a secular decline of political support in established democracies is limited, questionable, or absent. This calls into question existing explanatory theories of legitimacy decline. How valid are theories of modernization, globalization, media malaise, social capital, and party decline, if the predicted outcome, i.e. secular decline of political support, does not occur? And which (new) explanations can account for the empirical variation in political support in established democracies? This book systematically evaluates: (a) the empirical evidence for legitimacy decline in established democracies, (b) the explanatory power of theories of legitimacy decline, and (c) promising new routes in investigating and assessing political legitimacy. In doing so, this volume provides a broad and thorough reflection on the state of the art of legitimacy research, and outlines a new research agenda on legitimacy. It brings together a broad team of accomplished scholars, approaching these questions from different angles based on their respective topic of expertise. The result is a set of studies that do not only provide state-of-the-art analytical and empirical analyses, but also provide original insights in the questions at hand" (ed.)
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