Party organization and satisfaction with democracy: inside the blackbox of linkage

Webb, Paul, Scarrow, Susan and Poguntke, Thomas (2019) Party organization and satisfaction with democracy: inside the blackbox of linkage. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties. ISSN 1745-7289

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This article investigates the way in which party organizational resources and processes may affect perceptions of democracy, looking at the impact of parties’ top-down communication mechanisms and bottom-up internal processes. Our examination breaks new ground by pairing party organizational data from the Political Party Database (PPDB) with individual-level data from the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES), and shows clear evidence of the link between parties’ organizational resource capacity and their ability to inspire satisfaction with democracy (the 'top-down' path from party organization to democratic evaluations). However, it does not appear that the degree of intra-party democracy practised (the 'bottom-up' path) has a similar impact. Overall, these results provide substantial evidence for the importance of party organization and agency in fostering the popular legitimacy of democratic political systems.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Political party organization - satisfaction with democracy
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex European Institute
Depositing User: Paul Webb
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2019 08:41
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2021 01:00

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The Political Party Database Project: How Parties Shape DemocracyG1333ESRC-ECONOMIC & SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCILES/L016613/1