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The Scope of Government$
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Ole Borre and Elinor Scarbrough

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294740

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294743.001.0001

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Scope‐Of‐Government Beliefs and Political Support

Scope‐Of‐Government Beliefs and Political Support

(p.343) 12 Scope‐Of‐Government Beliefs and Political Support
The Scope of Government

Ole Borre (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the consequences of beliefs about the scope of political support with a view to explaining the possible loss of political support in advanced democracies. Its main hypothesis is that policy distance—the distance between a voter's policy position and the actual policy of the government—reduces support for the political system. The analysis first examines the nature of this relationship, and then develops it in three ways: first, by introducing controls for party choice; second, by investigating whether it holds only for specific policy fields; third, by testing the further hypothesis that, in practice, it is ‘negative distance’—the tendency to demand ‘more’ rather than ‘less’ government, which accounts for the low level of support in countries with a low aggregate level of support. The evidence suggests that the fulfilment of public expectations and the securing of public support is likely to be a much bigger problem for governments of the less economically advanced societies.

Keywords:   public support

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