Citizens and the State: Attitudes in Western Europe and East and Southeast Asia

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Routledge, Nov 12, 2012 - Political Science - 208 pages
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This book is about the relationship between citizens and the state. Their relationship has tended to be argued from a top down perspective without systematically examining empirical data about their association. In contrast, Citizens and the State, analyses the relationship from a primarily bottom up standpoint. Using the 18 country cross-national survey (the Asia-Europe Survey) data it examines how citizens relate themselves to the state.

Featuring case studies on France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Britain, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, Greece, Italy, Korea, the Philippines, Portugal, Ireland, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and China, the book systematically examines the relationship by asking three questions:

  • how strongly do citizens identify themselves to the country?
  • how much confidence do citizens place in the state and its institutions?
  • how satisfied are citizens with life and politics?

Innovatively, the book attempts to answer these questions by first setting up six types of relationship between citizens and the state via factor analysis of the survey data pertaining identity, confidence and satisfaction then by examining country profiles more closely and beyond the six types.

The book will be of interest to students and researcher of political science, political theory, comparative political science, Asian Studies, European Studies and sociology.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Operationalising identity confidence and satisfaction with life
14
France Germany Spain and Sweden
39
Britain and Taiwan
52
Japan and Indonesia
65
Korea the Philippines Italy Portugal and Greece
79
Thailand and Ireland
96
Malaysia Singapore and China
110
9 Citizens views on policy performance in the six country groups
125
10 Citizens views on basic societal values in the six country groups
141
11 Conclusion
158
Quantitative approach to grouping countries
171
Notes
174
Bibliography
177
Index
179
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Takashi Inoguchi is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Tokyo, Japan.

Jean Blondel is Professorial Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre of Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence, Italy and Visiting Professor at the University of Siena, Italy.

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