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Social Justification and Political Legitimacy

How Voters Rationalize Direct Democratic Economic Policy in America

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Uses direct democratic economic policy (DDEP) rationalization as a case study of the individual-level processes of legitimation in the light of economic policy incentives and partisan affiliation

  • Explores the use of broader political and economic discourses used by voters to make DDEP positions socially acceptable

  • Establishes four frameworks and approaches for understanding DDEP legitimation: American political ideology, norms of self-interest, moral economy, and neoliberal ideology

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    • Luis Antonio Vila-Henninger
    Pages 1-24
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 25-25
    2. Theory

      • Luis Antonio Vila-Henninger
      Pages 27-64
    3. Data and Methods

      • Luis Antonio Vila-Henninger
      Pages 85-102
  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 103-103
    2. Proposition 201 (2008)

      • Luis Antonio Vila-Henninger
      Pages 105-150
    3. Proposition 202 (2008)

      • Luis Antonio Vila-Henninger
      Pages 151-203
    4. Proposition 204 (2012)

      • Luis Antonio Vila-Henninger
      Pages 205-249
    5. Moral Economies

      • Luis Antonio Vila-Henninger
      Pages 251-283
    6. Conclusion and Theory Building

      • Luis Antonio Vila-Henninger
      Pages 285-325
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 327-331

About this book

This volume explores voters’ political rationalizations. The author analyzes semi-structured interview data from 120 American voters collected from 2013-2015 about their positions on three economic referenda—or “direct democratic economic policies” (DDEPs) on the Arizona state ballot from 2008-2012. Building on the literature on voter reasoning and rationalization, the author firstly probes how the intersection of economic position and partisan affiliation shape partisan voters’ rationalizations of their DDEP positions. Secondly, he investigates the political and economic discourses that voters use to justify their DDEP positions. This book extends classic sociological theories of individual-level and collective legitimacy, along with contemporary theories of voter rationalization. The findings also help to build theories of American political ideology and values, neoliberalism, moral economy, and norms of self-interest.

Keywords

  • Voter reasoning
  • Voter rationalization
  • Legitimation
  • American citizens
  • Direct democratic economic policy
  • Economic incentives
  • Policy positions
  • Partisan positions

Authors and Affiliations

  • UCLouvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

    Luis Antonio Vila-Henninger

About the author

Luis Antonio Vila-Henninger is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow for the European Research Council Starting Grant Qualidem at the University of Louvain (UCLouvain), Belgium. Luis’ research areas include economic sociology, political sociology, the sociology of culture, qualitative methods, and sociological theory. His work has appeared in The Journal for the Theory of Social BehaviourSociology CompassSociological Perspectives, The Sociological Quarterly, Sociological Inquiry, and The Bulletin of Sociological Methodology.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Social Justification and Political Legitimacy

  • Book Subtitle: How Voters Rationalize Direct Democratic Economic Policy in America

  • Authors: Luis Antonio Vila-Henninger

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-51716-8

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-51715-1

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-51718-2

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-51716-8

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 331

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Political Sociology, Society, Public Policy, Political Science

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-51716-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)