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Losers' Consent: Elections and Democratic Legitimacy

Losers' Consent: Elections and Democratic Legitimacy


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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' Consent shows 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199276387
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/07/2005
Series: Comparative Politics Series
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Christopher J. Anderson is Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University.
André Blais is Professor of Political Science at the University of Montreal.
Shaun Bowler is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside.
Todd Donovan is Professor of Political Science at Western Washington University.
Ola Listhaug is Professor of Political Science and Chairman in the Department of Sociology and Political Science at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Table of Contents

1. Winning Isn't Everything: Losers' Consent and Democratic Legitimacy
Part 1: The Winner-Loser Gap
2. Political Legitimacy and the Winner-Loser Gap
3. The Winner-Loser Gap: Contours and Boundaries
4. The Dynamics of Losers' Consent: Persistance and Change in the Winner-Loser Gap
Part 2: Understanding Differences in Losers' Consent
5. Individual Differences in Losers' Consent
6. Winning and Losing in Old and New Democracies
7. How Political Institutions Shape Losers' Consent
8. Comparing Losers' Assessments of Electoral Democracy
9. Losing and Support for Institutional Change
10. Conclusion: Graceful Losers and the Democratic Bargain

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