Title: The Effect of Electoral Outcomes on Political Trust. A Multi-level Analysis of 23 Countries
Authors: Marien, Sofie # ×
Issue Date: Dec-2011
Publisher: Butterworths
Series Title: Electoral Studies vol:30 issue:4 pages:712-726
Abstract: Competing theoretical claims exist in the literature on the effect of proportionality on
political trust. To date, empirical studies yielded mixed results. In this paper, we examine a curvilinear
effect of the proportionality of election outcomes on political trust using data from the European Social
Survey (2006-2009). The findings show that political trust is indeed highest in countries with very
proportional as well as in countries with very disproportional election outcomes and lowest in
countries that fall in between. Election outcomes that are more fully inclusive and those that provide
more accountability can both lead to higher levels of political trust. Next to the proportionality of the
translation of votes into seats, this study investigates a broad range of election outcomes that are
associated with (dis)proportionality i.e. the effect of the number of parties in elections, parliament and
government, voting for the winning or losing party under different levels of proportionality and the
clarity of responsibility.
ISSN: 0261-3794
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Political Research
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