Malaise in Political Representation: Citizen Attitudes and Sociocultural Tensions in Argentine Democracy

  • Mariana Heredia
  • Federico Lorenc Valcarce


When analyzing democracy, the social sciences look at recognition and acceptance of the institutions, actors, and actions that define politics. This relates to the representative dimension that, in different senses, democracy seeks to enshrine. To what extent does politics represent the interests and opinions of the social groups under its sway? What differentiated stances do citizens take toward different political objects? What factors play a role in determining preferences for and levels of satisfaction with the actors and institutions of democratic politics? Many studies have drawn attention to the lack of legitimacy of politics in contemporary democracies but, paradoxically, have also found that marked malaise with parties, politicians, and governments is accompanied by strong support for democracy as a form of government.


Political Party Political Institution Municipal Government Political Knowledge Political Object 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mariana Heredia
    • 1
  • Federico Lorenc Valcarce
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto de Altos Estudios SocialesUniversidad de San Martín, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y TécnicasBuenos AiresArgentina
  2. 2.Instituto de Investigaciones Gino GermaniUniversidad de Buenos Aires, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Departamento de Sociología, Universidad Nacional de Mar del PlataBuenos AiresArgentina

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