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Citizens and Democracy in Europe

Contexts, Changes and Political Support

  • Sergio Martini
  • Mario Quaranta
Book

Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Sergio Martini, Mario Quaranta
    Pages 1-20
  3. Conceptual Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Sergio Martini, Mario Quaranta
      Pages 23-51
  4. Context-Level Explanations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Sergio Martini, Mario Quaranta
      Pages 55-76
    3. Sergio Martini, Mario Quaranta
      Pages 77-101
    4. Sergio Martini, Mario Quaranta
      Pages 103-136
  5. Individual-Level Explanations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Sergio Martini, Mario Quaranta
      Pages 139-161
    3. Sergio Martini, Mario Quaranta
      Pages 163-185
    4. Sergio Martini, Mario Quaranta
      Pages 187-219
    5. Sergio Martini, Mario Quaranta
      Pages 221-232
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 233-242

About this book

Introduction

This book provides an innovative and in-depth analysis of how attitudes towards democracy and political institutions differ across 31 countries in Europe, and how these attitudes have fluctuated over time. After addressing conceptual and measurement issues about the evaluative dimension of political support, the authors develop a unique framework assessing the role of the institutional format, the quality of the political process, macro-economic conditions and inequality to explain trends and differences in political satisfaction and trust. The book further explores how education, employment and electoral status create gaps in political support. Citizens and Democracy in Europe will be of interest to students and scholars in comparative politics, political sociology and public opinion.

Sergio Martini is a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for the Study of Political Change in the Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Siena, Italy.

Mario Quaranta is Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of Sociology and Social Research at the University of Trento, Italy.

Keywords

political support democracy trust in institutions satisfaction with democracy evaluating political support Comparative Study of Electoral Systems European Values Study European Social Survey Cultural theories cross-national differences legitimacy crisis institutional structure quality of government economic performance inequality comparative longitudinal survey data analysis micro-macro interaction education gap employment status gap individual heterogeneities

Authors and affiliations

  • Sergio Martini
    • 1
  • Mario Quaranta
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Social, Political and Cognitive SciencesUniversità di SienaSienaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Sociology and Social ResearchUniversità di TrentoTrentoItaly

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