Valgets egentlige helter

English title: The real heroes of elections

Author(s): Sveinung Arnesen - Stefan Dahlberg - Jonas Linde - Elisabeth Ivarsflaten -

Language: Norwegian

Type: Newspaper/magazine article

Year: 2015


The legitimacy of democracy depends on the losers not becoming so disappointed as to lose faith in democracy itself. It is important for democracy to produce relatively satisfied losers. Political research has demonstrated that one of the best predictors of "good losers" is the quality of governance. That is, the running of democracy must be perceived as, and in fact be, fair, transparent and nonpartisan. In these systems, decisions going against one's own views tend to be more prone to acceptance. In Norway, as in other comparable countries, (electoral) losers are slightly less happy with how democracy is functioning. Looking at data from the European Social Survey (2012), respondents belonging to the losing side in the Norwegian parliamentary elections in 2009 on average responded 7.0 on a scale from 0 to 10, where 10 means extremely satisfied. The winners, on average, responded 7.6 on the same question. The average for the whole survey, which includes a substantial number of European states, is 5.2. Hence, in Norway, electoral losers are generally happy with how democracy works in the country, and this is a healthy sign for democracy in Norway.

Date: Sep 14, 2015

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Newspaper/magazine: Bergens Tidende

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