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Democracy challenged: how parties politicize different democratic principles


Engler, Sarah; Gessler, Theresa; Abou-Chadi, Tarik; Leemann, Lucas (2023). Democracy challenged: how parties politicize different democratic principles. Journal of European Public Policy, 30(10):1961-1983.

Abstract

Scholars have paid increasing attention to how questions of multi-levelgovernance have become politicized in the domestic political arena. Issuessurrounding democratic government itself have received surprisingly littleattention in this debate. In this article, we ask how political parties politicizethe principles of liberal democracy within advanced democracies. We expectthat challenger parties are most likely to question existing principles. Thetargets of their criticism, however, should vary according to their ideologicalorigins. Conducting automated quantitative text analysis of Swiss, Germanand Austrian party press releases between 2006 and 2018 using amultidimensional dictionary of liberal democracy, we confirm that left-libertarian and populist radical right parties are the main challengers of thedemocratic status quo. The foundation of criticism, however, differsfundamentally. While left-libertarians focus on principles that strengthenindividual autonomy in politics, populist radical right parties demand moreforms of participation and fewer constraints by liberal elements of democracy.

Abstract

Scholars have paid increasing attention to how questions of multi-levelgovernance have become politicized in the domestic political arena. Issuessurrounding democratic government itself have received surprisingly littleattention in this debate. In this article, we ask how political parties politicizethe principles of liberal democracy within advanced democracies. We expectthat challenger parties are most likely to question existing principles. Thetargets of their criticism, however, should vary according to their ideologicalorigins. Conducting automated quantitative text analysis of Swiss, Germanand Austrian party press releases between 2006 and 2018 using amultidimensional dictionary of liberal democracy, we confirm that left-libertarian and populist radical right parties are the main challengers of thedemocratic status quo. The foundation of criticism, however, differsfundamentally. While left-libertarians focus on principles that strengthenindividual autonomy in politics, populist radical right parties demand moreforms of participation and fewer constraints by liberal elements of democracy.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Sociology and Political Science
Social Sciences & Humanities > Public Administration
Uncontrolled Keywords:Public Administration, Sociology and Political Science
Language:English
Date:3 October 2023
Deposited On:07 Feb 2023 18:20
Last Modified:29 Mar 2024 02:38
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1350-1763
OA Status:Hybrid
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/13501763.2022.2099956
Official URL:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13501763.2022.2099956
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)