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Losers' ConsentElections and Democratic Legitimacy$
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Christopher J. Anderson, André Blais, Shaun Bowler, Todd Donovan, and Ola Listhaug

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276387

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199276382.001.0001

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Conclusion: Graceful Losers and the Democratic Bargain

Conclusion: Graceful Losers and the Democratic Bargain

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(p.182) 10 Conclusion: Graceful Losers and the Democratic Bargain
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Losers' Consent
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Christopher J. Anderson (Contributor Webpage)

André Blais (Contributor Webpage)

Shaun Bowler (Contributor Webpage)

Todd Donovan (Contributor Webpage)

Ola Listhaug (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199276382.003.0010

Summarizes the arguments made in the book about the impact of election outcomes on people’s attitudes about government and reviews the evidence assembled in the empirical chapters. Specifically, it reviews the differences in attitudes between those on the winning side of an election and those on the losing end across countries and individuals as well as over time. Also highlights the critical but underexamined role of losers in democratic politics. In addition, the chapter discusses the role of political institutions in understanding political behaviour. Finally, it calls on scholars to focusing on understanding the impact of elections and election outcomes on citizens’ attitudes and behaviour.

Keywords:   comparative politics, consent, democracy, democratic stability, democratic transitions, elections, legitimacy, losers, political behaviour, system support, voting

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