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Myth and Reality of the Legitimacy CrisisExplaining Trends and Cross-National Differences in Established Democracies$
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Carolien van Ham, Jacques Thomassen, Kees Aarts, and Rudy Andeweg

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198793717

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198793717.001.0001

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Dissecting the Causal Chain from Quality of Government to Political Support

Dissecting the Causal Chain from Quality of Government to Political Support

(p.136) 8 Dissecting the Causal Chain from Quality of Government to Political Support
Myth and Reality of the Legitimacy Crisis

Tom van der Meer

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates to what extent cross-national differences in political support can be explained by the quality of government. The quality of government perspective implies that the executive ought to be bound by its own rules: impartiality and rule of law. The chapter formulates and tests hypotheses about the effects of governmental impartiality, rule of law, bureaucratic professionalism, and corruption on citizens’ political support using data from the ESS 2012. Of these indicators, it is the impartiality of policy implementation by the national bureaucracy that stands out as a consistently significant, robust, and strong predictor of political support.

Keywords:   quality of government, political support, perceptions, moderating and mediating effects, satisfaction with democracy, political trust

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