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Political participation and procedural utility: An empirical study


Stutzer, Alois; Frey, Bruno S (2006). Political participation and procedural utility: An empirical study. European Journal of Political Research, 45(3):391-418.

Abstract

Democracy can be characterized by policy outcomes as well as governmental processes. In this article, it is argued that people have preferences about both aspects and that they derive utility from the processes involved in decision making over and above the utility gained from outcomes. The authors study political participation possibilities as an important source of procedural utility. To distinguish between outcome and process utility, they take advantage of the fact that nationals can participate in political decision making, while foreigners are excluded and thus cannot enjoy the respective procedural utility. Utility is assumed to be measurable by individually reported subjective well-being. As an additional indicator for procedural utility, reported belief in political influence is analyzed.

Democracy can be characterized by policy outcomes as well as governmental processes. In this article, it is argued that people have preferences about both aspects and that they derive utility from the processes involved in decision making over and above the utility gained from outcomes. The authors study political participation possibilities as an important source of procedural utility. To distinguish between outcome and process utility, they take advantage of the fact that nationals can participate in political decision making, while foreigners are excluded and thus cannot enjoy the respective procedural utility. Utility is assumed to be measurable by individually reported subjective well-being. As an additional indicator for procedural utility, reported belief in political influence is analyzed.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:2006
Deposited On:07 May 2008 08:47
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:23
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0304-4130
Additional Information:The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Publisher DOI:10.1111/j.1475-6765.2006.00303.x
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-2468

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