Portuguese Citizens’ Support for Democracy: 40 Years after the Carnation Revolution

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Forty years after the Carnation Revolution, the relatively young Portuguese democracy is experiencing dramatically low levels of public specific support for democracy. This article tests the leverage of demand-side and supply-side accounts to explain differentials in public satisfaction with democracy. Through ordinary least squares regression analyses that draw on the unique data of the ‘Barometer40 Years of Democracy in Portugal (2014)’, this articles shows that agecohort, identification with extreme parties, evaluation of the country’s political past, and economic performance are strong correlates of citizens’ specific support for democracy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-226
Number of pages16
JournalSouth European Society And Politics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2016


  • Staisfaction with ddemocracy
  • Carnation Revolution
  • Political past
  • Economic performance
  • Portugal


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