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Congruence or Compensation? How Support for Subnational Democracy is Linked to Support for Metropolitan Integration


Strebel, Michael A (2016). Congruence or Compensation? How Support for Subnational Democracy is Linked to Support for Metropolitan Integration. In: 24th World Congress of the International Political Science Association, Poznan, 23 July 2016 - 28 July 2016.

Abstract

Modern democracies face two major challenges to their legitimacy: i.) the spread of public disaffection with politics and ii.) the transfer of governance functions away from nation-state institutions. In this paper I aim to link these two challenges by taking on an attitudinal perspective. Analyzing metropolitan areas, subnational multi-level governance contexts, I assess how public discontent is linked to citizens’ support for the political integration of metropolitan areas. Public opinion scholar investigating European integration have proposed a negative - compensation - and a positive - congruence - relation between public discontent and support for integration. Drawing on data from a recent citizen survey in eightWestern European metropolitan areas, I test these two propositions for the metropolitan context. The findings support the congruence proposition: Citizens that are dissatisfied and distrusting of subnational democracy are also less supportive of metropolitan integration. Citizens do certainly not view transferring governance functions to other levels as a remedy for some of nation-state’s deficiencies - whether such reforms are the cause of their discontent or act as an enhancer is a question to be answered by future research.

Abstract

Modern democracies face two major challenges to their legitimacy: i.) the spread of public disaffection with politics and ii.) the transfer of governance functions away from nation-state institutions. In this paper I aim to link these two challenges by taking on an attitudinal perspective. Analyzing metropolitan areas, subnational multi-level governance contexts, I assess how public discontent is linked to citizens’ support for the political integration of metropolitan areas. Public opinion scholar investigating European integration have proposed a negative - compensation - and a positive - congruence - relation between public discontent and support for integration. Drawing on data from a recent citizen survey in eightWestern European metropolitan areas, I test these two propositions for the metropolitan context. The findings support the congruence proposition: Citizens that are dissatisfied and distrusting of subnational democracy are also less supportive of metropolitan integration. Citizens do certainly not view transferring governance functions to other levels as a remedy for some of nation-state’s deficiencies - whether such reforms are the cause of their discontent or act as an enhancer is a question to be answered by future research.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Language:English
Event End Date:28 July 2016
Deposited On:03 Nov 2016 14:57
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 20:43
Publisher:s.n.

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