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Democratic Challenges, Democratic ChoicesThe Erosion of Political Support in Advanced Industrial Democracies$
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Russell J. Dalton

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199268436

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268436.001.0001

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The Challenge to Democracy

The Challenge to Democracy

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(p.1) 1 The Challenge to Democracy
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Democratic Challenges, Democratic Choices
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268436.003.0001

This chapter presents the current debate over the decrease in political support in most advanced industrial democracies and its potential implications for democratic politics. Theory distinguishes between support for government, the regime, and the political community. Public support for the regime and the political process is often seen an essential element of democracy. The chapter discusses the theoretical link between political support and democratic politics, and why support is important for the functioning of the democratic process.

Keywords:   political support, regime support, community support, trust in government, political culture, democratic process

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