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Citizens and community : political support in a representative democracy /
Allan Kornberg, Harold D. Clarke.
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Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992.
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xvii, 285 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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0521416787 (hardback)
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Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992.
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0521416787 (hardback)
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3082236
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [267]-279) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-10:
Kornberg (Duke) and Clarke (University of North Texas) present a methodologically sophisticated analysis of political legitimacy and system support in Canada. They are particularly interested in the conditions under which political regimes in Canada, and presumably in other democracies, will remain stable or not. The authors assert that political support is a consequence of citizens' political socialization experiences, combined with the extent to which a particular political regime can meet one's immediate needs and those of cherished others. Kornberg and Clarke put great faith in the ability of average citizens to distinguish among and ascribe different degrees of support to key political objects. For various structural reasons Canadians demonstrate a higher degree of support for the political community than for particular political institutions and leaders. This is not always an easy book to read, for the authors have a complicated case to make. But the topic is of vital importance, and will reward those with the stamina to work through it. Graduate collections. J. Lemco; Johns Hopkins University
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Review of the hardback: 'The book provides interesting information on an important political problem.' Administrative Sciences
'The book provides interesting information on an important political problem.' Administrative Sciences
'The book provides interesting information on an important political problem.'Administrative Sciences
‘The book provides interesting information on an important political problem.’Administrative Sciences
"This landmark work, on the connection between citizen support and the continuity of representative democracy in Canada, covers multiple theoretical and empirical issues....The authors give flesh to their theories with data remarkable for their breadth, depth, and provenance. Breadth is represented by the range of issues encompassed, including evaluations of the economy and the government's role in its handling, along with citizens' personal economic grievances." The Journal of Politics
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The related subjects of political legitimacy and system support are key theoretical concerns of students of democracies. This 1992 book addresses these concerns through systematic analyses of the sources, distribution, and consequences of variations in support for key political institutions in one democracy, Canada.
Description for Bookstore
The related subjects of political legitimacy and system support are key theoretical concerns of students of democracies. This book addresses these concerns through systematic analyses of the sources, distribution, and consequences of variations in support for key political institutions in one democracy, Canada.
Main Description
The related subjects of political legitimacy and system support are key theoretical concerns of students of democratic societies. They have received very little scholarly attention, however, because of the conceptual and methodological complexities they engender. In this 1992 book the authors address these concerns through systematic multivariate analyses of the sources, distribution, and consequences of variations in citizen support for key political objects in one such society, Canada. Although the authors do so within a comparative context, their primary focus is on Canada because it is one of the world's oldest democracies and is a country that has experienced support problems that periodically have reached crisis proportion. Many of the problems facing Canada are more extreme examples of difficulties that have vexed other democracies. This study helps illuminate both the conditions under which democracies in general are able to sustain themselves and those under which they could flounder.
Main Description
The related subjects of political legitimacy and system support are key theoretical concerns of students of democratic societies. They have received very little scholarly attention, however, because of the conceptual and methodological complexities they engender. In this book the authors address these concerns through systematic multivariate analyses of the sources, distribution, and consequences of variations in citizen support for key political objects in one such society, Canada. Although the authors do so within a comparative context, their primary focus is on Canada because it is one of the world's oldest democracies and is a country that has experienced support problems that periodically have reached crisis proportion. Many of the problems facing Canada are more extreme examples of difficulties that have vexed other democracies. This study helps illuminate both the conditions under which democracies in general are able to sustain themselves and those under which they could flounder. The authors demonstrate that political support has its origins in people's political socialization experiences and their instrumental judgments about the operation of key political and economic institutions and processes. They find that political support is not 'of a piece'. Average citizens are able to distinguish among and ascribe different degrees of support to key objects such as parliament, the bureaucracy, judiciary, political community itself. Support also is dynamic and can vary markedly over relatively brief intervals of time. For example, periodic national elections, changing economic conditions, and the activities of political parties have a significant impact on support levels. And, differences in support for authorities, regime, and community do matter. They affect the levels of public participation in a variety of conventional and unconventional political activities as well as the relative willingness of people to comply with the authoritative edicts of government.
Main Description
The related subjects of political legitimacy and system support are key theoretical concerns of students of democratic societies. They have received very little scholarly attention, however, because of the conceptual and methodological complexities they engender. In this book, the authors address these concerns through systematic multivariate analyses of the sources, distribution and consequences of variations in citizen support for key political objects in one such society, Canada. Although they do so within a comparative context, their primary focus is on Canada because it is not only one of the world's oldest democracies, but is a country that has experienced support problems that periodically have reached crisis proportions. Many of the problems facing Canada are extreme examples of difficulties that have vexed other democracies and this study helps illuminate both the conditions under which democracies in general are able to sustain themselves and those under which they could flounder. The authors demonstrate that political support has its origins in people's political socialization experiences and their judgments about the operation of key political and economic institutions and processes. They find that political support is not "of a piece" and that average citizens are able to distinguish among and ascribe different degrees of support to key political objects such as Parliament, the bureaucracy, the judiciary, parties, the system of federalism, and the national political community itself.
Main Description
This 1992 book addresses political legitimacy and system support in one democracy, Canada.
Table of Contents
List of tables and figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The problem of political support
Economy, society, self
Democracy, political system, self
Political support and its correlates
Regional disaffection: Quebec and the West
Elections and political support
Causes and consequences of political support
Political support in representative democracies
Appendix
References
Index
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