Myth and Reality of the Legitimacy Crisis: Explaining Trends and Cross-National Differences in Established Democracies by Carolien van HamMyth and Reality of the Legitimacy Crisis: Explaining Trends and Cross-National Differences in Established Democracies by Carolien van Ham

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

EditorCarolien van Ham, Jacques Thomassen, Kees Aarts

Hardcover | October 7, 2017

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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 ofconclusive 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 thoroughreflection on the state of the art of legitimacy research, and outlines a new research agenda on legitimacy.
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...
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Title:Myth and Reality of the Legitimacy Crisis: Explaining Trends and Cross-National Differences in…Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pagesPublished:October 7, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part 1: Legitimacy and Representative Democracy: State of the Art, Concepts, and Trends1. Jacques Thomassen and Carolien van Ham: A legitimacy Crisis of Democracy?2. Carolien van Ham and Jacques Thomassen: The Myth of Legitimacy Decline: An Empirical Evaluation of Trends in Political Support in Established DemocraciesPart 2: What is Wrong with Theories of Legitimacy Decline? Re-Appraising Existing Theories3. Kees Aarts, Carolien van Ham, and Jacques Thomassen: Modernization, Globalization, and Satisfaction with Democracy4. Marc Hooghe and Anna Kern: Social Capital and the Development of Political Support in Europe5. Rudy Andeweg and David Farrell: Legitimacy Decline and Party Decline6. Peter van Aelst: Media Malaise and the Decline of Legitimacy: Any Room for Good News?Part 3: Diverging Trends? Explaining Within and Between Country Differences in Political Support7. Shaun Bowler: Institutions and Political Support: How Much Do Institutions Matter?8. Tom van der Meer: Dissecting the Causal Chain from Quality of Government to Political Support9. Pedro Magalhaes: Economic Outcomes, Quality of Governance, and Satisfaction with Democracy10. Peter Esaiasson, Mikael Gilljam, and Mikael Persson: Political Support in the Wake of Policy ControversiesReflections and Conclusions11. Rudy Andeweg and Kees Aarts: Studying Political Legitimacy: Findings, Implications and an Uneasy Question