English title: Accountability from the perspective of the forum: citizens' attitudes towards accountability in Europe

Author(s): Ixchel Pérez Durán -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2016


The aim of this article is to analyse citizens’ attitudes towards governmental accountability in 24 European countries and to examine the influence of contextual and individual factors on perceptions of accountability. Using as a dataset the 2012 European Social Survey, the results show that citizens respond positively when the media provides reliable information on which to judge the government, when individuals perceive that governments perform well, when individuals live in more extensive and generous welfare states and when they live in countries where the rule of law is firmly established. In addition, the findings also provide evidence that compared to politically left-wing citizens, right-wing supporters have, on average, a higher perception of governmental accountability. In particular, the findings show strong positive evaluations of right-wing governments by right-wing voters in comparison with left-wing governments by left-wing voters.

Volume: 39

Issue: 4

From page no: 835

To page no: 858

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1080/01402382.2015.1105597

Journal: West European Politics

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