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What do citizens expect from a democracy? An invariance test and comparison between East and West Germany with the ISSP 2004

Was erwarten Bürger von der Demokratie? Ein Invarianztest und Vergleich zwischen Ost- und Westdeutschland anhand des ISSP 2004
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Davidov, Eldad; Braun, Michael

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Abstract One of the prerequisites for a functioning democracy is that its citizens support by and large its democratic system. However, such support cannot be taken for granted and should be monitored. Furthermore, different people may have different perceptions, expectations, and understanding of the concept of democracy. This may be especially true for citizens socialized in different political systems like those in Eastern and Western Europe before the fall of the iron curtain, where the concept of democracy and the rights of citizens in a democracy were communicated in quite different ways. (author's abstract)
Keywords democracy; theory of democracy; conception of democracy; political participation; political attitude; value-orientation; transformation; ISSP; citizen; New Federal States; old federal states; Federal Republic of Germany; civil rights
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Method quantitative empirical
Collection Title Methods, theories, and empirical applications in the social sciences: Festschrift for Peter Schmidt
Editor Salzborn, Samuel; Davidov, Eldad; Reinecke, Jost
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Publisher Springer VS
City Wiesbaden
Page/Pages p. 213-219
ISBN 978-3-531-17130-2
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NoDerivs