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Political Culture Paradigm  

Christian Welzel

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Aug 2016
The concept of political culture plays a critical role in the comparative study of democracy. Its major contribution is understanding the societal roots of democracy and how these roots ... More

Political Party Organizations  

Thomas Poguntke, Susan E. Scarrow, and Paul D. Webb

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May 2017
How political parties organize directly affects who is represented and which policies are prioritized. Political parties structure political choice, which is one of the main functions ... More

Political Representation and Electoral Systems  

Bernhard Weßels

This is an advance summary of a forthcoming article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Please check back later for the full article. ... More

Political Representation: From Classical Research Traditions to Comparative Perspectives  

Jean-Pascal Daloz

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Aug 2016
The literature on political representation is split between research traditions that have remained largely separate: a philosophical normative strand, a behavioralist one focusing mainly ... More

Political Trust and the “Crisis of Democracy”  

Tom W. G. van der Meer

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Jan 2017
For decades, scholarly inquiry into political trust has been motivated by concerns about declining levels of public trust in politics. Because political trust is considered a necessary ... More

Popular Understanding of Democracy  

Doh Chull Shin

How well do people around the world understand democracy? Do they support democracy with an informed understanding of what it is? To address these questions, which have largely been ... More

Pro-Government Militias and Conflict  

Sabine C. Carey and Neil J. Mitchell

Pro-government militias are a prominent feature of civil wars. Governments in Colombia, Syria, and Sudan recruit irregular forces in their armed struggle against insurgents. The United ... More

Protest and Contentious Action  

Mario Quaranta

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Jan 2017
The field of protest and contentious action is massive. Numerous studies have focused on the determinants of such behavior, among which are grievances and deprivations, resources, ... More

Public Service Broadcasting, Hard News, and Citizens’ Knowledge of Current Affairs  

Toril Aalberg and Stephen Cushion

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Aug 2016
Public service broadcasters are a central part of national news media environments in most advanced democracies. Although their market positions can vary considerably between countries, ... More

Race, Ethnicity, and Political Behavior  

Aida Just

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Jan 2017
Whether as a consequence of colonialism or more recent international migration, ethnic diversity has become a prominent feature of many contemporary democracies. Given the importance of ... More

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