2020-07-02Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.18452/23743
Mass–elite differences in new democracies
Tunisia as a case study (2010–2016)
Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät
This article argues for inductive exploration of mass–elite differences in new democracies. Grounded in the “delegate model” of political representation, I do this by studying issue positions and issue salience of masses before turning to elites. The article demonstrates this approach using Tunisia, the only Arab democracy, by analysing survey data and originally coded party manifesto data. From an issue position perspective, the article uncovers mass–elite incongruence on the democratic–authoritarian and secular–Islamist political dimensions. From an issue salience lens, there is mass–elite congruence on the economic dimension. How mass–elite incongruence unfolds might affect the future of democracy in Tunisia.
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