How important is winning? Democratic experience and system support in young democracies
Abstract: Research has shown that there is a sizable difference between new and olddemocracies in terms of the effect of ‘winning’ on system support. This study traces thedevelopment of the winner and loser gap, in relation to system support, exclusively foryoung democracies. Based on findings from previous research and theory I develop andtest one hypothesis regarding these dynamics. My analysis focuses on 21 countries thathave became democracies in the third wave of democratization or later. Findings frommultilevel models indicate that, in accordance with my main hypothesis, the winner/losergap tends to decrease in new democracies overtime.
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