Evaluative Support and the Functioning of Democracy in Germany
This chapter examines satisfaction with democracy. Despite providing one of the longest running time series of any indicator of popular support, its use has not been without controversy. As argued in the first part of the chapter, however, it functions as a summary indicator of support, but one that is sensitive to the institutional context in which it is used. The chapter then tests theoretical propositions, examining the factors which drive satisfaction with democracy at the individual-level. Multivariate models examine the statistical and substantive importance of its theoretical correlates and supplementary analyses probe into the ways in which some of these factors interact or have changed over time. The central finding clear: support is multidimensional. It is shaped by a conflation of theoretical factors, which vary between the east and west of the country.