Polity or Policy: What is democracy about?
A large literature discusses how to define and specify ’democracy’. However, there remains wide disagreement on whether ’democracy’ should be defined in a rather minimalist way based on the holding of elections or whether other dimensions should be included in the definition. In this paper, I analyze individual opinions about essential characteristics of democracy among citizens. In a second step, I analyze the relationship between different perceptions of democracy and public support of democracy.