English title: Losing Happily? The Mitigating Effect of Democracy and Quality of Government on the Winner–Loser Gap in Political Support

Author(s): Stefan Dahlberg - Jonas Linde -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2016

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.

Volume: 39

Issue: 9

From page no: 652

To page no: 664

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1080/01900692.2016.1177831

Journal: International Journal of Public Administration