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The impact of political conviction on the relation between winning or losing and political dissatisfaction: findings from Sweden
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4294-2042
2014 (English)In: SAGE Open, ISSN 2158-2440, Sage Open, ISSN ISSN 2158-2440, Vol. 4, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Election outcomes, or more specifically belonging to a political minority or majority, have a significant impact on citizens’ attitudes toward the political system and political involvement. This study aims to broaden our understanding in these regards by taking into account the effects of people’s political convictions on the relation between belonging to a political minority or majority and their dissatisfaction with the performance of the political system. Using a person-oriented approach, four groups of citizens were identified on the basis of their attachment to political parties. The group of people who were not politically attached to any of the political parties were the most dissatisfied, whereas supporters of parties in government were the least dissatisfied. Moreover, supporters of opposition parties who had high levels of political conviction were more dissatisfied than supporters of opposition parties who had lower levels of political conviction. Overall, the findings of this study show that it is crucial to take into account the individual characteristics of citizens when studying the relations between election outcomes and political attitudes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 4, no 2
Keyword [en]
political dissatisfaction, political attachment, election outcomes, political conviction, political minority, political majority
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Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-35056DOI: 10.1177/2158244014535414OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-35056DiVA: diva2:717523
Available from: 2014-05-15 Created: 2014-05-15 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved
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1. Transcending dichotomies: The many faces of youth dissatisfaction in democracy
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Transcending dichotomies: The many faces of youth dissatisfaction in democracy
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In the recent scholarly debates over changing citizenship attitudes and norms in advanced democracies, especially when it comes to rising levels of political dissatisfaction, opinion about the political role of young people is divided. For some scholars, they represent a driving force behind the development of new kinds of citizenship values, and constitute an asset to the functioning of political systems. For others, they pose a potential threat to the health of representative democracy, because of their increasing levels of dissatisfaction and civic disengagement. By contrast with these two competing approaches, this dissertation advances the argument that a more balanced view of young people’s political activities is called for. Adopting a quantitative approach, it aims therefore to contribute to better theoretical and empirical understanding of young people’s political dissatisfaction, and to explain their role in a democratic society. Considering different aspects of dissatisfaction, the current dissertation contributes to previous research in significant ways. Among others things, it adds to our knowledge by showing empirically that, in terms of political dissatisfaction, young people constitute a heterogeneous group, with different political roles and profiles, ranging from the healthy to the more threatening. Moreover, it contributes to previous research by highlighting the crucial role played by fair teachers in providing linkages between young citizens and the wider political system. All in all, the findings in the current dissertation have implications for the ongoing debate over the role and significance of young people in the functioning of democratic systems, and also for political socialization research.

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Örebro: Örebro university, 2014. 98 p.
Series
Örebro Studies in Political Science, ISSN 1650-1632 ; 35
Keyword
political dissatisfaction, adolescents, critical citizens, procedural fairness, political attitudes
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-34732 (URN)978-91-7529-022-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-06-05, Prismahuset, Hörsal 2, Örebro universitet, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2014-04-15 Created: 2014-04-15 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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