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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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Economic Outcomes, Quality of Governance, and Satisfaction with Democracy

Economic Outcomes, Quality of Governance, and Satisfaction with Democracy

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(p.156) 9 Economic Outcomes, Quality of Governance, and Satisfaction with Democracy
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Myth and Reality of the Legitimacy Crisis
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Pedro C. Magalhães

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198793717.003.0009

This chapter investigates the impact of economic outcomes and quality of government on political support, arguing that the effect of economic performance is contingent on the quality of government. This hypothesis is derived from procedural fairness theories in organizational psychology according to which procedural fairness moderates the effects of outcome favorability on support for authorities. The chapter develops and tests the hypotheses that citizens’ political support is most affected by economic outcomes in those countries where the quality of government is lowest. In contrast, in contexts of high quality of government, political support is expected to be less sensitive to short-term economic fluctuations. Using ESS data and aggregate indicators of economic performance, the chapter finds that in countries where the quality of government is high, the impact of economic indicators is marginal, but where the quality of government is low, political support is quite sensitive to economic outcomes.

Keywords:   economic performance, quality of government, outcome favorability, procedural fairness, political support, satisfaction with democracy

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