Terminologies on Populism

Democratic Efficacy

The concept of democratic efficacy is designed to capture the way subjective sentiments toward politics—i.e., external and internal political efficacy—are connected to ‘objective’ individual capacities that are assumed to promote democratic behavior. Democratic efficacious people have high levels of both internal and external efficacy, but also follow political news regularly, embrace democratic values such as tolerance, equality and autonomy, have certain political skills and are non-intensive partisan. It is expected that democratic efficacious people are more resistant to populist ideas and appeals.

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