Can fair decision-making procedures increase legitimacy of democracies? (PROLEG)/ NFR 262986

Project Department: Uni Research Rokkan Centre (group: Democracy, Civil Society and Public Administration) period: 01.03.17 - 28.02.21

Project results

Arnesen, Sveinung and Yvette Peters. 2017. “The Legitimacy of Representation. How Descriptive, Formal, and Responsiveness Representation Affect the Acceptability of Political Decisions.” Comparative Political Studies.

Arnesen, Sveinung, Troy S. Broderstad, Jonas Linde, and Mikael P. Johannesson. “The Wiggle Room of Legitimacy in Democratic Decisions: A Referendum Case”. Working paper.

Tjøtta, Sigve, Nina Serdarevic, and Eirik Strømland. “It Pays to be Nice. The Benefits of Cooperating in Markets”. Submitted.

About the project

Although democracy is globally perceived as the only legitimate system of government, there is widespread discontent with the performance of democracy.

Arguably, the most pressing challenge to contemporary governance comes from the many citizens, who have grown distrustful of politicians and institutions, and express discontent with the performance of democratic government and the democratic process in itself.

In this project, the aim is to study if and how variations in political decision-making procedures can make the outcomes more acceptable to the citizens, and especially to those who disagree with the outcome. Do people share universal perceptions of fair decision-making procedures?

The data will mainly be generated within the infrastructure of DIGSSCORE (at the University of Bergen), taking advantage of changes in technology and research methodology that bring computer laboratory research and survey studies closer together.

Funding source: Norwegian Research Council

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