Weil, 1989, The Sources and Structure of Legitimation in Western Democracies, ASR
Weil, 1989, The Sources and Structure of Legitimation in Western Democracies, ASR
Weil, 1989, The Sources and Structure of Legitimation in Western Democracies, ASR
Weil, 1989, The Sources and Structure of Legitimation in Western Democracies, ASR
Weil, 1989, The Sources and Structure of Legitimation in Western Democracies, ASR
Weil, 1989, The Sources and Structure of Legitimation in Western Democracies, ASR
Weil, 1989, The Sources and Structure of Legitimation in Western Democracies, ASR
Weil, 1989, The Sources and Structure of Legitimation in Western Democracies, ASR
Weil, 1989, The Sources and Structure of Legitimation in Western Democracies, ASR
Weil, 1989, The Sources and Structure of Legitimation in Western Democracies, ASR
Weil, 1989, The Sources and Structure of Legitimation in Western Democracies, ASR
Weil, 1989, The Sources and Structure of Legitimation in Western Democracies, ASR
Weil, 1989, The Sources and Structure of Legitimation in Western Democracies, ASR
Weil, 1989, The Sources and Structure of Legitimation in Western Democracies, ASR
Weil, 1989, The Sources and Structure of Legitimation in Western Democracies, ASR
Weil, 1989, The Sources and Structure of Legitimation in Western Democracies, ASR
Weil, 1989, The Sources and Structure of Legitimation in Western Democracies, ASR
Weil, 1989, The Sources and Structure of Legitimation in Western Democracies, ASR
Weil, 1989, The Sources and Structure of Legitimation in Western Democracies, ASR
Weil, 1989, The Sources and Structure of Legitimation in Western Democracies, ASR
Weil, 1989, The Sources and Structure of Legitimation in Western Democracies, ASR
Weil, 1989, The Sources and Structure of Legitimation in Western Democracies, ASR
Weil, 1989, The Sources and Structure of Legitimation in Western Democracies, ASR
Weil, 1989, The Sources and Structure of Legitimation in Western Democracies, ASR
Weil, 1989, The Sources and Structure of Legitimation in Western Democracies, ASR
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Both new-left and neo-conservative theorists argue that poor state performance can lead to a legitimation crisis, but they neglect distinctions among different forms of political support and objective conditions that citizens evaluate. I propose a theoretical model that distinguishes between (a) confidence in institutions and legitimation of democracy and (b) state performance and the structure of opposition (party systems, governing coalitions). I test the model with data located in an extensive new search of survey archives in six Western countries. The results show that poor state performance leads to a decline of confidence, but not a softening of support for democracy. Problems in the structure of opposition lead to a decline of both confidence and support for democracy. In the conclusion, I speculate whether state performance might affect democratic legitimacy in a less straightforward fashion.

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