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The quality of institutions and satisfaction with democracy in Western Europe -- A panel analysis

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  • Wagner, Alexander F.
  • Schneider, Friedrich
  • Halla, Martin

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This paper analyses how institutional factors affect satisfaction with democracy (SWD). It employs a panel of observations from Eurobarometers in the time span 1990-2000, and thus is one of the first studies to consider the longitudinal dimension of the driving forces of SWD. We find that high-quality institutions like the rule of law, well-functioning regulation, low corruption, and other institutions that improve resource allocation have a positive effect on average satisfaction with democracy.

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  • Wagner, Alexander F. & Schneider, Friedrich & Halla, Martin, 2009. "The quality of institutions and satisfaction with democracy in Western Europe -- A panel analysis," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 25(1), pages 30-41, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:poleco:v:25:y:2009:i:1:p:30-41
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