Losers' Consent: Elections and Democratic Legitimacy

Synopsis

Based on data from new and established contemporary democracies across the globe, this leading team of experts examines how election losers and their supporters respond to their loss and how institutions shape losing. Losers' Consentshows how being able to accept losing is one of the central requirements of democracy, and provides a major new contribution to our understanding of political legitimacy, comparative political behaviour, and democratic stability.