Myth and Reality of the Legitimacy Crisis: Explaining Trends and Cross-National Differences in Established Democracies

Myth and Reality of the Legitimacy Crisis: Explaining Trends and Cross-National Differences in Established Democracies

By: Carolien Van Ham (editor), Kees Aarts (editor), Rudy Andeweg (editor), Jacques Thomassen (editor)Hardback

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Theories about the decline of legitimacy or a legitimacy crisis are as old as democracy itself. Yet, representative democracy still exists, and the empirical evidence for a secular decline of political support in established democracies is limited, questionable, or absent. This lack of conclusive evidence calls into question existing explanatory theories of legitimacy decline. How valid are theories of modernization, globalization, media malaise, social capital, and party decline, if the predicted outcome (i.e. secular decline of political support) does not occur? And which (new) explanations can account for the empirical variation in political support in established democracies? This book systematically evaluates the empirical evidence for legitimacy decline in established democracies, the explanatory power of theories of legitimacy decline, and promises new routes in investigating and assessing political legitimacy. In doing so, the book provides a broad and thorough reflection on the state of the art of legitimacy research, and outlines a new research agenda on legitimacy.

About Author

Carolien van Ham is a Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the University of New South Wales. Her research focuses on legitimacy and political representation, election integrity and democratization. She has published articles in numerous scholarly journals such as the European Journal of Political Research, Democratization, Government and Opposition, West European Politics, and Electoral Studies. Jacques Thomassen is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Twente and a member of the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences. His publications include Elections and Representative Democracy (OUP, 2014), The Legitimacy of the European Union after Enlargement (OUP, 2009), and The European Voter. Kees Aarts is Professor of Political Science at the University of Twente and University of Groningen, and Dean of the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences at the University of Groningen. His publications include Political Leaders and Democratic Elections (co-edited with Andre Blais and Herman Schmitt, OUP, 2011), and he currently servces as co-editor of Acta Politica. Rudy Andeweg is Professor of Political Science at Leiden University and a member of the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is Chair of the European Consortium for Political Research 2015-2018. His publications include Governance and Politics of the Netherlands, fourth edition (co-authored with Galen A. Irwin, Palgrave, 2014), and Puzzles of Government Formation (co-edited with Lieven De Winter and Patrick Dumont, Routledge, 2011).

Contents

PART 1: LEGITIMACY AND REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY: STATE OF THE ART, CONCEPTS, AND TRENDS; PART 2: WHAT IS WRONG WITH THEORIES OF LEGITIMACY DECLINE? RE-APPRAISING EXISTING THEORIES; PART 3: DIVERGING TRENDS? EXPLAINING WITHIN AND BETWEEN COUNTRY DIFFERENCES IN POLITICAL SUPPORT; REFLECTIONS AND CONCLUSIONS

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780198793717
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780198793717
  • weight: 580
  • ISBN10: 0198793715

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