Political Support in Advanced Industrial Democracies

Russell J. Dalton

in Critical Citizens

Published in print March 1999 | ISBN: 9780198295686
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600043 | DOI:
Political Support in Advanced Industrial Democracies

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Builds on the global analysis presented in Ch. 2 by focusing on political support in advanced industrial societies. The goal is to determine how citizens in these nations judge the democratic process today—is there a popular crisis of democracy? There are two challenges in answering this question: first, there is the conceptual problem about what is meant by ‘political support’ or ‘support for democracy’; and second, there is the empirical problem of assembling the appropriate cross‐national and cross‐temporal data to evaluate claims about changes in public opinion. This chapter addresses both of these topics to provide a framework for assessing public support for democratic politics in advanced industrial societies.

Keywords: advanced industrial societies; democratic governance; democratic politics; political support; political trust; public opinion

Chapter.  8482 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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