Don’t good democracies need "good" citizens? : citizen dispositions and the study of democratic quality

  • This article advances the argument that quality of democracy depends not only on the performance of democratic institutions but also on the dispositions of citizens. We make three contributions to the study of democratic quality. First, we develop a fine-grained, structured conceptualization of the three core dispositions (democratic commitments, political capacities, and political participation) that make up the citizen component of democratic quality. Second, we provide a more precise account of the notion of inter-component congruence or "fit" between the institutional and citizen components of democratic quality, distinguishing between static and dynamic forms of congruence. Third, drawing on cross-national data, we show the importance of taking levels of inter-dispositional consistency into account when measuring democratic quality.

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Author:Quinton Mayne, Brigitte Geißel
Parent Title (English):Politics and governance
Publisher:Cogitatio Press
Place of publication:Lisbon
Contributor(s):Heiko Giebler, Saskia Pauline Ruth
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2018
Date of first Publication:2018/03/19
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2018/05/22
Tag:citizens; democracy; democratic commitments; political capacity; political participation; quality of democracy
Page Number:15
First Page:33
Last Page:47
© 2018 by the authors; licensee Cogitatio (Lisbon, Portugal). This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY).
Institutes:Gesellschaftswissenschaften / Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 32 Politikwissenschaft / 320 Politikwissenschaft
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0