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Losing happily? The mitigating effect of democracy and quality of government on the winner-loser gap in political support

Journal article
Authors Stefan Dahlberg
Jonas Linde
Published in International Journal of Public Administration
Volume 39
Issue 9
Pages 652-664
ISSN 0190-0692
Publication year 2016
Published at Quality of Government Institute (QoG)
Department of Political Science
Pages 652-664
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2016.11...
Subject categories Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)

Abstract

Although a winner–loser gap in political support is present in most democracies, in some countries losers are more content than in others. Earlier research has demonstrated that formal institutional arrangements may affect the size of the gap. In this article, we argue that the quality and performance of institutions are more important than type of institutional arrangements when it comes to the size of the winner–loser gap. A well-functioning democracy on the input-side of the political system and high quality of government on the output-side significantly narrows the gap in support between electoral winners and losers in European democracies.

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