English title: Economic Crisis and Support for Democracy in Europe

Author(s): Guillermo Cordero - Pablo Simón -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2016

Abstract

The study of the impact of the economic crisis on attitudes toward democracy tends to be focused on satisfaction with specific democratic institutions. This article expands upon previous research to explore how the current economic crisis can affect core support for democracy as a regime. Based on European Social Survey data for the Eurozone countries, the findings are twofold. It is shown, firstly, that perceptions of the state of the economy have an impact both on satisfaction with and support for democracy, and, secondly, that citizens’ support for democracy is greater in bailed-out countries. In countries that have experienced intervention, the more critical citizens and those less satisfied with the outputs of democracy are the stronger advocates of democracy. The article argues that this is connected with the tendency of critical citizens in bailed-out countries to blame external agents for the economic situation while increasing the saliency of democratic rules as a reaction to the imposition of unpopular measures.

Volume: 39

Issue: 2

From page no: 305

To page no: 325

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1080/01402382.2015.1075767

Journal: West European Politics