Have Europeans grown tired of democracy? New evidence from 18 consolidated democracies, 1981-2018

Wuttke, Alexander ; Gavras, Konstantin ; Schoen, Harald

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007123420000149
URL: https://madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/53666
Additional URL: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/british-jo...
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-536661
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2022
The title of a journal, publication series: British Journal of Political Science
Volume: 52
Issue number: 1
Page range: 416-428
Place of publication: Cambridge
Publishing house: Cambridge Univ. Pr.
ISSN: 0007-1234 , 1469-2112
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Publication language: English
Institution: School of Social Sciences > Politische Wissenschaft, Politische Psychologie (Schoen 2014-)
Pre-existing license: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
Subject: 320 Political science
Keywords (English): Illiberal democracy ; Populism ; APC analysis ; Regime Preferences ; Institutional Trust ; political interest ; Open Science ; Civic Culture
Abstract: Democracies without democrats are not sustainable. Yet, recent studies argue that Western citizens are turning their backs on the system of self-governance, thereby eroding the societal foundations of consolidated democracies. We contribute to discussions about citizen support of democracy by 1) analyzing new cross-national survey data in 18 European countries that enable assessing the temporal and geographical generalizability of previous findings; 2) disentangling age-, cohort-, and period effects, thereby aligning the analytical methods with the theoretical arguments; 3) transparently reporting the entire evidence derived from pre-registered analyses to avoid cherry-picked findings. Our findings show that citizens of consolidated democracies continue to endorse self-governance. Yet, in some but not all countries, there is evidence for a growing number of ‘democrats in name only’, particularly among the young generation. These findings suggest a second phase in research on democratic fatigue that broadens the analytical scope for the multi-faceted nature of democratic support.
Translation of the title: Sind die Europäer der Demokratie müde geworden? (German)

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