Jonas Linde

Jonas Linde
University of Bergen | UiB · Department of Comparative Politics

PhD

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March 2011 - present
University of Bergen
Position
  • Professor (Full)
January 2008 - December 2009
University of Gothenburg
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Post doc position at the Quality of Government Institute

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Publications (56)
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Several studies have demonstrated a gap in support for the political system between electoral winners and losers. This research has generated a large stock of knowledge about the causes and effects of this winner–loser gap. However, we know little about the dynamics of the winner–loser gap over time. Drawing on a unique Swedish panel survey, this s...
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Although a winner–loser gap in political support is present in most democracies, in some countries losers are more content than in others. Earlier research has demonstrated that formal institutional arrangements may affect the size of the gap. In this article, we argue that the quality and performance of institutions are more important than type of...
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Although the phenomenon of dissatisfied democrats has been frequently discussed in the literature, it has not often been empirically investigated. This article sets out to analyse the discrepancy between the strong support for democratic principles and the widespread discontent with the way democracy works. Drawing on earlier research on the source...
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Sweden is consistently found at the top in international indices of corruption. In recent years, however, several instances of corruption have been exposed, and surveys show that large shares of Swedish citizens harbor perceptions that public corruption is widespread. Drawing on recent surveys, two questions are asked. First, to what extent do Swed...
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In the middle of the first decade of the twenty-first century Iceland was ranked as the least corrupt country in the world by Transparency International and enjoyed top positions in most comparative indices of governance and development. In 2008 the banking system collapsed and the country found itself in a serious financial crisis, a crisis which...
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Political Culture in the Baltic States: Between National and European Integration är en gedigen studie av demokratins ställning i de baltiska staterna och den kritiska roll som etniska skiljelinjer kan ha i demokratiseringprocesser. Den har mycket att erbjuda både områdesspecialister och läsare med ett mer allmänt intresse för demokrati och politis...
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Do nativists differ from other citizens in their attitudes towards democracy? In this article it is demonstrated that nativism goes hand in hand with preferences for a type of democracy where the interests of the natives should prevail, even at the cost of diminished minority rights, checks and balances, and other constraints on executive power. Li...
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This chapter provides an overview of the growing stock of research on the relationship between quality of government and political support. After having been surprisingly absent from the research agenda dealing with support and legitimacy, a growing number of studies have come to demonstrate the importance of impartiality in the implementation of p...
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Populist radical right (PRR) parties are increasingly included in coalition governments across Western Europe. How does such inclusion affect satisfaction with democracy (SWD) in these societies? While some citizens will feel democracy has grown more responsive, others will abhor the inclusion of such controversial parties. Using data from the Euro...
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In recent years, two phenomena have put Europe's liberal democracies under strain: populism and polarization. The rise of populist parties, the increasing radicalization of publics and political discourse, as well as the expansion of hyperpartisan media have caused concern among observers and citizens alike. While lively academic discussions have r...
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In this research note, the authors examine the extent to which one gender is more trusted than the other, relying on between-subjects survey experiments fielded in Germany, Norway and the United States. The authors' findings reveal that respondents have substantially higher trust in women than in men, and that this is partly driven by gender role b...
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This conjoint study investigates the type of mandate a referendum confers in the political decision-making process. While a majority of citizens in general believe that the government should follow the results of a referendum on European Union membership, its perceived legitimacy in the eyes of the public heavily depends upon the level of turnout,...
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In this article, we assess the explanatory power of two contrasting theories about the sources of political trust. Using a unique survey of expatriated Swedes together with two cross-country surveys, we investigate how a move from a context of high institutional quality to countries characterized by low institutional quality affects peoples’ instit...
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Representative democracy entails governments that are both responsive and responsible. Mair argued that political parties find it increasingly difficult to balance these two tasks. With an increase in international commitments and interdependence, governments cannot always follow the wishes of its citizens but need to be responsible instead. Our st...
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Do semi-presidential regimes perform worse than other regime types? Semipresidentialism has become a preferred choice among constitution makers worldwide. The semi-presidential category contains anything but a coherent set of regimes, however. We need to separate between its two subtypes, premierpresidentialism and president-parliamentarism. Follow...
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Opinion polls may inadvertently affect public opinion, as people may change their attitudes after learning what others think. A disconcerting possibility is that opinion polls have the ability to create information cascades, wherein the majority opinion becomes increasingly larger over time. Testing poll influence on attitudes toward Syrian refugee...
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Political decisions based on democratic procedures increase the legitimacy of the decisions. Yet, there is distrust in the representative system, sparking demand for more direct citizen participation. Can referendums solve the legitimacy crisis of democracy? We argue a conditional no. Utilizing a conjoint experimental design, we show that a free an...
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Public opinion polls may inadvertently affect public opinion itself as people adapt their behavior and change opinion based on their perception of the opinions of others. A disconcerting possibility is that these effects give (misinforming) opinion polls the ability to create information cascades or spirals of silence where the majority opinion bec...
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When people form their preferences on political issues, other people’s opinions matter to them. There is thus a potential self-reinforcing mechanism at play when individuals form their political preferences, where the aggregate level of support and opposition becomes a factor of its own in shaping public opinion. In this paper we present an experim...
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Several studies have demonstrated a gap in political support between electoral winners and losers. This research has generated a large stock of knowledge about the causes and effects of this winner-loser gap. Due to the use of cross-section survey data, however, we know little about the consistency of the winner-loser gap over time. Drawing on a un...
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Varför utvecklas vissa länder men inte andra till väl fungerande demokratier? Är det ekonomisk utveckling, en viss uppsättning institutioner, en gynnsam medborgarkultur, stödjande internationella förutsättningar eller samarbetande politiska eliter som avgör? Kan alla länder i världen bli demokratier, eller är vissa stater dömda att för alltid styra...
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The Nordic countries are known for their well-functioning public administrations. In indices measuring control of corruption and the quality of the rule of law, they frequently occupy top positions. However, as we demonstrate in this article, a country's top position in comparative indices does not automatically imply that citizens view the state o...
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It is often assumed that the development of e-participation and e-government initiatives aimed at stimulating citizen participation in the political process and fostering more efficient governmental services harbors a great potential for improved control of corruption and government performance. Thus, it is often argued that e-participation is an e...
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There is widespread agreement that bad governance and corruption represent daunting threats to new democracies and developing countries. Nonetheless, mainstream research on system support and political legitimacy has to a large extent overlooked the crucial importance of public perceptions of procedural fairness for fostering public support and reg...
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While it has often been suggested that information and communication technologies (ICTs) provide an important means of increasing citizen participation (which is at the core of democratic government), few commentators have expected non-democracies to create online environments in which citizens can take an active part in political processes. In rec...
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Despite a broad consensus about the importance of overcoming ‘bad governance’ in order to legitimise new democratic regimes, mainstream research on democratisation and political support has tended to emphasise the importance of formal democratic institutions such as elections and political representation, while to a large extent overlooking the out...
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Sveriges höga placeringar i jämförande internationell statistik, såsom Corruption Perception Index, tas ofta till intäkt för att problem med rättsröta tillhör undantagen i landet. Sedan Göteborgsskandalen rullades upp under 2010 har korruptionsfrågor emellertid plötsligt hamnat i strålkastarljuset för journalister och samhällsvetare. Samtidigt har...
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In recent years, public opinion surveys have testified to increasing levels of ‘communist nostalgia’ in Central and Eastern Europe: that is, growing numbers of citizens who feel that ‘a return to communist rule’ would in fact be a preferable option. These apparently non-democratic sentiments have been subject to two alternative explanations – one r...
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This article offers a critical investigation of one indicator of support for democracy frequently used by comparativists. Departing from a theoretical multidimensional model of political support, and drawing on large-scale public opinion surveys, we argue that the survey item ‘satisfaction with the way democracy works’ is not an indicator of suppor...
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A combination of area studies and comparative social science approaches leads to rich studies of the transition to democracy.

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The primary objective is to investigate how the growth of radical right populist parties (RRPPs) affect citizens’ political trust, attitudes towards the democratic process, and political polarization. First, we will explore whether RRPP-voters over time become (i) more negative towards immigration, (ii) less satisfied with democracy and less trusting in political institutions), and iii) become more supportive of direct democracy and more opposed to legal limitations on power. Second, we will explore whether a similar radicalization process – in the opposite direction – takes place among voters who vote for parties that oppose RRPPs. Third, we will explore whether the increase in political polarization that results from these radicalization processes decreases people’s tolerance toward political opponents. Finally, we will explore whether the radicalization processes are moderated by whether mainstream parties respond to the success of RRPPs by isolating or cooperating with them. The project is funded by a grant from the Research Council of Norway over the period 2018-2022.
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The primary scientific objective of the PROLEG project is to better understand how democratic institutions and decision-making bodies should organize decision-making procedures and implementation procedures in order to make them more legitimate in the eyes of the public. We study if and how variations in political decision making procedures can make the outcomes more acceptable to the citizens, and especially to those who disagree with the outcome. Do people share universal perceptions of fair decision makingn procedures? In a nutshell, the PROLEG project will address this issue and generate new knowledge that can be used to improve governance in the future. This will be accomplished by conducting experimental and observational studies on the mechanisms of accepting decision-making procedures. The data will mainly be generated within the infrastructure of DIGSSCORE at the University of Bergen, Norway, taking advantage of changes in technology and research methodology that combine to bring computer laboratory research and survey studies closer together.