This book provides an innovative and in-depth analysis of how attitudes towards democracy and political institutions differ across 31 countries in Europe, and how these attitudes have fluctuated over time. After addressing conceptual and measurement issues about the evaluative dimension of political support, the authors develop a unique framework assessing the role of the institutional format, the quality of the political process, macro-economic conditions and inequality to explain trends and differences in political satisfaction and trust. The book further explores how education, employment and electoral status create gaps in political support. Citizens and Democracy in Europe will be of interest to students and scholars in comparative politics, political sociology and public opinion.
Sergio Martini is a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for the Study of Political Change in the Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Siena, Italy.
Mario Quaranta is Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of Sociology and Social Research at the University of Trento, Italy.