Institutional Performance and Satisfaction with Democracy - A Comparative Analysis
26 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2008
Date Written: March 2006
Satisfaction with democracy is supposed to be correlated with institutional performance. However, it is not clear what the real meaning of satisfaction with democracy is, and how to measure institutional performance. Secondly, there is a lack of theoretical research about the link between institutional performance and satisfaction with democracy at the individual level. Finally, in order to understand this link we have to deal with variables and indicators at different levels (aggregate and individual), which imposes some econometric restrictions over model specification. In this paper I propose a model to represent the influence of institutional performance over satisfaction with democracy, and I test some empirical hypothesis derived from the model, using a multilevel approach. The results show that economic performance is one of the most important dimensions of institutional performance that affect the overall level of satisfaction with democracy. Results also show that other dimensions of institutional performance, such as accountability, have a significant impact on democratic satisfaction.
Keywords: democracy, satisfaction, economic conditions, accountability
JEL Classification: D63, D72, D82
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