Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/15346
Title: Electoral rules, corruption, inequality and evaluations of democracy
Authors: KARP, JEFFREY
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: European Journal of Political Research, 2017, 56 (3), pp. 469 - 486
Abstract: European Consortium for Political Research Features of electoral systems have been found to have positive effects on evaluations of democracy. This article proposes that there are larger social forces that must be accounted for in such analyses. Using European Social Survey measures of democratic expectations and the ‘satisfaction with democracy’ item, this study tests for effects of electoral rules on perceptions of democracy. It is found that multipartyism/proportionality and preferential ballot structure appear to correspond with positive evaluations of elections and parties, and with greater satisfaction with how democracy is functioning. However, these relationships dissipate when corruption and income inequality are accounted for. This suggests substantial limits to the capacity of electoral reforms to enhance democratic legitimacy. It also suggests that studies of mass perceptions of democratic performance may over-estimate effects of electoral rules if country-level corruption and income inequality are not accounted for.
URI: http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/15346
ISSN: 0304-4130
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