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Not so Fair after All? Perceptions of Procedural Fairness and Satisfaction with Democracy in the Nordic Welfare States
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Centre for Municipality Studies – CKS. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
University of Bergen, Norway .
Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0806-5664
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 0190-0692, E-ISSN 1532-4265, Vol. 37, no 2, 106-119 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Nordic countries are known for their well-functioning public administrations. In indices measuring control of corruption and the quality of the rule of law, they frequently occupy toppositions. However, as we demonstrate in this article, a country’s top position in comparative indices does not automatically imply that citizens view the state of affairs in the same way as depicted by experts. The observation is in no way trivial: Drawing on theories of procedural fairness, we go on to show—statistically, using individual level data—that widespread public perceptions about the unfairness of civil servants may have a negative effect on the legitimacy of the political system even in so-called high-trust and “least corrupt” settings such as the Nordic ones.

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Routledge, 2014. Vol. 37, no 2, 106-119 p.
Keyword [en]
procedural fairness, quality of government, satisfaction with democracy, Nordic countries
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Public Administration Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-103198DOI: 10.1080/01900692.2013.836667ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84900473170OAI: diva2:687698
Available from: 2014-01-15 Created: 2014-01-15 Last updated: 2016-05-04Bibliographically approved

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