Critical Citizens: Global Support for Democratic Government by Pippa Norris

By Pippa Norris

This stimulating publication brings jointly a unique team of overseas students who boost an international research of concerns that examine developments in validated and more recent democracies as we procedure the tip of the 20 th century. It additionally offers the 1st result of the 1995-7 international Values research in addition to drawing on an intensive variety of comparative empirical evidence.

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17 with the idea of democracy, approval of democracy as the ‘best form of government’ and as ‘a good way of governing’, and preference for democratic over authoritarian regimes. 7) demonstrates that by the mid-1990s democracy as an ideal form of government was supported by the overwhelming majority of the public in nearly all countries (with the exception of Russia where it was supported by only a bare majority). 5) also confirms overwhelming and widespread approval of the idea of democracy (over 90 per cent), and positive attitudes towards democracy as the best form of government, throughout Western Europe.

6 The item has been asked in the context of a four-item battery. The additional three items read as follows: ‘Having a strong leader who does not have to bother with parliament and elections ’; ‘Having experts, not government, make decisions according to what they think is best for the country ’; ‘Having the army rule ’. 36 CROSS-NATIONAL TRENDS IN CONFIDENCE • ‘I am going to read off some things that people sometimes say about a democratic system. Could you please tell me if you (4) agree strongly, (3) agree, (2) disagree, or (1) disagree strongly, after I read each of them?

For another perspective on this issue Arthur Miller and Ola Listhaug (Chapter 10, this volume) set out to compare the relationship between institutional confidence and the economic performance of governments. The study first examines the direct link between government performance, as measured by objective indicators of inflation, unemployment and government deficits, and institutional confidence in two dozen countries. Miller and Listhaug conclude that institutional confidence is not influenced by either recent levels of inflation and unemployment or recent changes in those conditions.

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