Hannah Ridge examines the effect of constituency election victories and defeats on citizens’ democratic opinions in three majoritarian democracies: Australia, Canada, and Great Britain. She finds that winning in the constituency offsets the negative effect of electoral defeat at the national level; among national winners, however, the district result has limited impact on democratic attitudes. Constituency-level victories are less effective at mitigating the effect of national defeat on more diffuse democracy support.
Ridge, Hannah M. 2021. “Citizens’ democratic attitudes: winning the constituency offsets the negative effect of electoral defeat at the national level.” LSE British Politics and Policy [blog], July 19. https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/constituency-election-victories-and-defeats/
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