New publication: "Direct democracy, political support and populism – attitudinal patterns in the German Bundesländer" by Kathrin Ackermann, Daniela Braun, Matthias Fatke and Nayla Fawzi
The article "Direct democracy, political support and populism–attitudinal patterns in the German Bundesländer" by Kathrin Ackermann, Daniela Braun, Matthias Fatke and Nayla Fawzi is just out in Regional and Federal Studies. Daniela and her co-authors explore the attitudinal correlates of direct democracy. While direct democracy may foster political engagement and education, it also harbours populist appeal. Original survey data from the German Bundesländer shows that political attitudes are neither more populist nor more supportive of the political system among citizens in direct democratic contexts. The article's empirical analysis, however, uncovers a conditional effect of direct democracy on populist attitudes: "Citizens report significantly more populist attitudes in contexts with more direct democratic procedures if they lean to the right, and significantly less if they lean to the left."