English title: Political Support: Taking into Account the Institutional Context

Author(s): Henar Criado - Francisco Herreros -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2007


The analysis of the causes of political support for political institutions has been focused either on one-case studies that stress the relevance of individual variables or cross-national studies that stress the role of institutions. In this article, the authors suggest that to understand the logic of political support, it is necessary to combine both types of explanations. Using evidence from 17 European countries of the 2002 to 2003 European Social Survey data set, the authors show that the effect of the performance of the institution on political support is higher in majoritarian democracies, where the attribution of responsibility for policy outcomes is clear, than in proportional democracies. They also show that the effect of ideology on political support depends on the type of democracy: Those citizens ideologically far from the government will show higher levels of political support in proportional democracies than in majoritarian ones.

Volume: 40

Issue: 12

From page no: 1511

To page no: 1532

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1177/0010414006292117

Journal: Comparative Political Studies

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