Power to the people? Populism, democracy, and political participation: a citizen's perspective
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SourceWest European Politics, 44, 4, (2021), pp. 727-751
16 november 2020
Article / Letter to editor
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Politicologie t/m 2019
Economische theorie en economisch beleid
West European Politics
SubjectInstitute for Management Research
Much research is devoted to the relationship between populist parties and democracy. However, relatively little is known about the relationship between citizens’ populist attitudes and democracy. This article examines the relationship between populist attitudes, support for democracy, and political participation (voting, protest, support for referendums, and support for deliberative forms of participation). Using survey data from the Netherlands, this article shows that individuals with stronger populist attitudes are more supportive of democracy, are less likely to protest, are more supportive of referendums, and are more supportive of deliberative forms of political participation compared to individuals with weaker populist attitudes. Results show no relationship between populist attitudes and voting. These findings provide important insights into the relationship between populism, democracy, and political participation from a citizen’s perspective.
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