Democracy in America? Partisanship, Polarization, and the Robustness of Support for Democracy in the United States

  title={Democracy in America? Partisanship, Polarization, and the Robustness of Support for Democracy in the United States},
  author={Matthew H. Graham and Milan W. Svolik},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={392 - 409}
Is support for democracy in the United States robust enough to deter undemocratic behavior by elected politicians? We develop a model of the public as a democratic check and evaluate it using two empirical strategies: an original, nationally representative candidate-choice experiment in which some politicians take positions that violate key democratic principles, and a natural experiment that occurred during Montana’s 2017 special election for the U.S. House. Our research design allows us to… 

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