What tips the scales? Disentangling the mechanisms underlying post-electoral gains and losses in democratic support

Gärtner, Lea ; Gavras, Konstantin ; Schoen, Harald

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2020.102210
URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/...
Additional URL: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/346655094...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2020
The title of a journal, publication series: Electoral Studies
Volume: 67
Issue number: 2
Page range: Article 102210
Place of publication: Amsterdam [u.a.]
Publishing house: Elsevier Science
ISSN: 0261-3794 , 1873-6890
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
School of Social Sciences > Politische Wissenschaft, Politische Psychologie (Schoen 2014-)
Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences- CDSS (Social Sciences)
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: Prior research has shown that winning or losing elections matters. To account for this pattern, it is argued that winners can expect their preferred policies to be implemented and experience the psychological gratification of winning, whereas losers have to accept disliked policies in addition to the psychological distress of losing. In an attempt to better understand the mechanisms underlying the dynamics of winners’ and losers’ democratic support after elections, this study aims to separate the influence of policy performance and psychological gratification. Using panel data from the 2017 German federal election, we show that policy congruence with the government increases voters’ democratic support whether they voted for the government or not, suggesting that policy congruence is more important than winning the government in securing losers’ democratic support. We find no independent effect of psychological gratification; however, the evidence suggests that winning the government affected voters’ democratic support independent of the two tested mechanisms.

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