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Losers' Consent: Elections and Democratic Legitimacy

Christopher J. Anderson, André Blais, Shaun Bowler, Todd Donovan, and Ola Listhaug


Democratic elections are designed to create unequal outcomes—for some to win, others have to lose. This book examines the consequences of this inequality for the legitimacy of democratic political institutions and systems. Using survey data collected in old and new democracies around the globe, the authors argue that losing generates ambivalent attitudes towards political authorities. Because the efficacy and ultimately the survival of democratic regimes can be seriously threatened if the losers do not consent to their loss, the central themes of this book focus on losing—how losers respond to ... More

Keywords: comparative politics, consent, democracy, democratic stability, democratic transitions, elections, legitimacy, losers, political behaviour, system support, voting

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199276387
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199276382.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher J. Anderson, author
Department of Political Science, Syracuse University
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André Blais, author
Department of Political Science, University of Montreal
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Shaun Bowler, author
Department of Political Science, University of California, Riverside
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