Satisfaction with democracy: A note on a frequently used indicator in comparative politics

@inproceedings{Linde2003SatisfactionWD,
  title={Satisfaction with democracy: A note on a frequently used indicator in comparative politics},
  author={Jonas Linde and Joakim Ekman},
  year={2003}
}
This article offers a critical investigation of one indicator of support for democracy frequently used by comparativists. Departing from a theoretical multidimensional model of political support, and drawing on large-scale public opinion surveys, we argue that the survey item ‘satisfaction with the way democracy works’ is not an indicator of support for the principles of democracy. Rather, it is an item that taps the level of support for the way the democratic regime works in practice. At the… CONTINUE READING
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