Political exclusion and support for democratic innovations: evidence from a conjoint experiment on participatory budgeting
In this research note, Van der Does & Kantorowicz aruge that citizens that tend to experience political exclusion are often more supportive of direct and participatory forms of decision-making.
- Ramon van der Does & Jaroslaw Kantorowicz
- 07 February 2022
- Political exclusion and support for democratic innovations: evidence from a conjoint experiment on participatory budgeting
Van der Does & Kantorowicz empirically verify two competing explanatory logics for such high support: the “anti-establishment” logic, which expects politically excluded citizens to unconditionally express more support than their fellow citizens for democratic innovations (DIs); and the “instrumental” logic, which expects politically excluded citizens to only express more support for DIs than other citizens when these innovations offer procedural control and favorable outcomes. Based on a conjoint analysis of Dutch citizens' preferences for participatory budgeting, Van der Does & Kantorowicz find no support for the anti-establishment logic and partial support for the instrumental logic. They show how measures of citizens' own feelings of exclusion help to explain the results.