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Election outcomes, legislative representation, and satisfaction with democracy

Election outcomes, legislative representation, and satisfaction with democracy This paper disentangles the relationship between election outcomes and satisfaction with democracy. As the first comparative study to employ a measure of satisfaction immediately before and after elections, we can be unusually confident that any changes we observe are attributable to election outcomes. Following previous work, we affirm that voting for parties that win more votes, more legislative seats, and more cabinet seats boosts satisfaction with democracy. In addition, we demonstrate for the first time that voters are sensitive to deficits in representation; satisfaction with democracy decreases when one’s party’s seat share falls short of its vote share. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Party Politics: The International Journal for the Study of Political Parties and Political Organizations SAGE

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© The Author(s) 2015
ISSN
1354-0688
eISSN
1460-3683
DOI
10.1177/1354068815583200
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Abstract

This paper disentangles the relationship between election outcomes and satisfaction with democracy. As the first comparative study to employ a measure of satisfaction immediately before and after elections, we can be unusually confident that any changes we observe are attributable to election outcomes. Following previous work, we affirm that voting for parties that win more votes, more legislative seats, and more cabinet seats boosts satisfaction with democracy. In addition, we demonstrate for the first time that voters are sensitive to deficits in representation; satisfaction with democracy decreases when one’s party’s seat share falls short of its vote share.

Journal

Party Politics: The International Journal for the Study of Political Parties and Political OrganizationsSAGE

Published: Mar 1, 2017

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