Political confidence in representative democracies: Socio-cultural vs. political explanations

Bas Denters*, Oscar W. Gabriel, Mariano Torcal

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Abstract

In the past 25 years political scientists have repeatedly claimed the emergence of a crisis of political confidence amongst western publics. In the 1970s, for example, the postwar era of unprecedented economic growth, prosperity, and security came to an end and neo-Marxists, neo-Liberals, and neo-Conservatives alike, claimed that the economic decline and everincreasing, contradictory public demands would lead to a major crisis of political confidence in the western world (Crozier et al. 1975; Kaase and Newton 1995).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCitizenship and Involvement in European Democracies
Subtitle of host publicationA Comparative Analysis
EditorsJan W. van Deth, José Ramón Montero, Anders Westholm
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Pages66-87
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780203965757
ISBN (Print)9780415412315
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2006

Publication series

NameRoutledge research in comparative politics
PublisherRoutledge
Volume17

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Denters, B., Gabriel, O. W., & Torcal, M. (2006). Political confidence in representative democracies: Socio-cultural vs. political explanations. In J. W. van Deth, J. R. Montero, & A. Westholm (Eds.), Citizenship and Involvement in European Democracies: A Comparative Analysis (pp. 66-87). (Routledge research in comparative politics; Vol. 17). Taylor & Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203965757-11