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Subnational direct democracy and democratic satisfaction across national borders


Leemann, Lucas; Stadelmann-Steffen, Isabelle (2019). Subnational direct democracy and democratic satisfaction across national borders. In: Swiss Political Science Association. Annual Meeting, Zürich, 14 February 2019 - 16 February 2019. svpw, 1-28.

Abstract

Research on direct democracy is often entirely sub-national research or based on a single country study. That has consequences for the scope and opportunity to understand and learn about direct democratic institutions. In this paper we use a subnational cross- country comparative perspective to delve deeper into the relationship between direct democracy and individual satisfaction with democracy. To that end we propose a measure of direct democratic institutions for sub-national units that allows to measure the extent of these institutions across various contexts. Comparing the subnational units of the United States, Switzerland, Germany and Austria, we do not find a systematic relationship between direct democratic institutions and democratic satisfaction. This conclusion also holds when considering differences between representative contexts or between advantaged and disadvantaged groups.

Abstract

Research on direct democracy is often entirely sub-national research or based on a single country study. That has consequences for the scope and opportunity to understand and learn about direct democratic institutions. In this paper we use a subnational cross- country comparative perspective to delve deeper into the relationship between direct democracy and individual satisfaction with democracy. To that end we propose a measure of direct democratic institutions for sub-national units that allows to measure the extent of these institutions across various contexts. Comparing the subnational units of the United States, Switzerland, Germany and Austria, we do not find a systematic relationship between direct democratic institutions and democratic satisfaction. This conclusion also holds when considering differences between representative contexts or between advantaged and disadvantaged groups.

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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:16 February 2019
Deposited On:15 Jan 2020 10:11
Last Modified:30 May 2022 11:00
Publisher:svpw
Additional Information:SPSA Annual Conference 2019
OA Status:Green
Related URLs:https://www.swiss-conferences.com/conferences/swiss-political-science-association-annual-congress (Organisation)
https://www.svpw-assp.ch/home/ (Organisation)

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