Social Justification and Political Legitimacy

How Voters Rationalize Direct Democratic Economic Policy in America

Authors: Vila-Henninger, Luis Antonio

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  • Uses direct democratic economic policy (DDEP) rationalization as a case study of the individual-level processes of legitimation in the light of economic policy incentives and partisan affiliation
  • Explores the use of broader political and economic discourses used by voters to make DDEP positions socially acceptable
  • Establishes four frameworks and approaches for understanding DDEP legitimation: American political ideology, norms of self-interest, moral economy, and neoliberal ideology
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This volume explores voters’ political rationalizations. The author analyzes semi-structured interview data from 120 American voters collected from 2013-2015 about their positions on three economic referenda—or “direct democratic economic policies” (DDEPs) on the Arizona state ballot from 2008-2012. Building on the literature on voter reasoning and rationalization, the author firstly probes how the intersection of economic position and partisan affiliation shape partisan voters’ rationalizations of their DDEP positions. Secondly, he investigates the political and economic discourses that voters use to justify their DDEP positions. This book extends classic sociological theories of individual-level and collective legitimacy, along with contemporary theories of voter rationalization. The findings also help to build theories of American political ideology and values, neoliberalism, moral economy, and norms of self-interest.


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Luis Antonio Vila-Henninger is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow for the European Research Council Starting Grant Qualidem at the University of Louvain (UCLouvain), Belgium. Luis’ research areas include economic sociology, political sociology, the sociology of culture, qualitative methods, and sociological theory. His work has appeared in The Journal for the Theory of Social BehaviourSociology CompassSociological Perspectives, The Sociological Quarterly, Sociological Inquiry, and The Bulletin of Sociological Methodology.

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Justification and Political Legitimacy
Book Subtitle
How Voters Rationalize Direct Democratic Economic Policy in America
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-51716-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-51716-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-51715-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 331
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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