Losers' Consent: Elections and Democratic Legitimacy

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List of Tables
1.1 The incidence of majority rule in contemporary democracies (percent of votes cast) 8
1.2 The incidence of majority rule in contemporary democracies (percent of eligible voters) 9
3.1 Correspondence of prospective and retrospective reports of vote choice for winning and losing parties 36
3.2 Winners' and losers' evaluation of electoral democracy 40
4.1 Expectations regarding the dynamics of losers' consent 51
4.2 Pre- and post-election evaluations of the political system in Britain (percent satisfied with the political system's performance) 54
4.3 Long-term trends in losers' satisfaction with democracy in Britain, Germany, and Spain 64
4.4 The impact of voting for losing US presidential candidates on trust in government, 1964-2000 67
5.1 Satisfaction with democracy among strong and weak partisans 79
5.2 The effects of partisan winner-loser status on evaluations of political system performance 80
5.3 The effects of partisan loser status on trust in government in the United States, 1964-2000 83
5.4 Satisfaction with democracy among extreme and mainstream ideological voters 86
5.5 The effects of extreme winner-loser status on evaluations of political system performance 87
6.1 Classification of countries by change of regime and levels of freedom 95
6.2 Mean levels of political support by type of country and winner/loser status 102
6.3 Multivariate analysis of political support (OLS estimates) 104
6.4 Political support by type of party and winning/losing 106
6.5 Multivariate analysis of political support in former communist regimes (OLS) 108

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Table of contents

  • Losers' Consent: Elections and Democratic Legitimacy iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • List of Figures viii
  • List of Tables ix
  • About the Authors xi
  • Part I the Winner-Loser Gap 15
  • Part II Understanding Differences in Losers' Consent 71
  • Appendix: Data Sources and Survey Items 195
  • References 200
  • Index 213
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