Contingent instrumental and intrinsic support : exploring regime support in Asia

Huhe, Narisong and Tang, Min (2016) Contingent instrumental and intrinsic support : exploring regime support in Asia. Political Studies. ISSN 0032-3217

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    Abstract

    This study presents a contextual explanation of regime support by arguing that although an individual’s instrumental economic calculation and intrinsic democratic value are important predictors of political support, the extent to which they matter is contingent on the nature of the regime, as defined primarily by democracy. Using data drawn from the second wave of the Asia Barometer (ABS), we find that economic perceptions are less important for regime support in democratic countries than they are in authoritarian countries, and an affection for democracy makes people more critical of the political system in authoritarian countries than in democratic countries.