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Citizens and the State$
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Hans-Dieter Klingemann and Dieter Fuchs

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294733

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294735.001.0001

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Support for the Democratic System

Support for the Democratic System

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(p.323) 11 Support for the Democratic System
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Citizens and the State
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Dieter Fuchs (Contributor Webpage)

Giovanna Guidorossi

Palle Svensson (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198294735.003.0011

Presents an empirical test of the hypothesis that support for the democratic system is in decline, based on the Eurobarometer indicator of public satisfaction with democratic function. It begins with discussion of the concept of political support and its operationalization. The second part examines trends in political support in each country and across Western Europe as a whole. The third part compares levels of political support between Western European countries. Finally, the trend and level of political support in each country are considered in order to make a more accurate estimation of the state of democracy in these countries. The analysis shows quite clearly that there has been no legitimation problem in the Western European democracies, nor are there signs of any to come.

Keywords:   democratic legitimation, Eurobarometer, public confidence, Western Europe

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