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Political support in hard times: do people care about national welfare?

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Friedrichsen, Jana; Zahn, Philipp

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Corporate Editor Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH
Abstract During the Great Recession mass demonstrations indicated weakened political support in Europe. We show that growing dissatisfaction often reflects poor economic conditions and unemployment is particularly important. Using individual level data for 16 Western European countries for 1976-2010, we find that national economic performance matters even beyond personal economic outcomes. Finally, while the effects of growth and unemployment rates are the same across demographic subsets, the effect of inflation is heterogeneous. Well-educated or working individuals put a relatively higher weight on price stability than the less skilled or not working. Our findings reinforce the political importance of employment and growth policies. (author's abstract)
Keywords Europe; economic growth; unemployment; economy; employment; personnel; satisfaction; political support; collectivism; democracy; welfare
Classification Economic Policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
City Berlin
Page/Pages 39 p.
Series Discussion Papers / Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, Forschungsschwerpunkt Markt und Entscheidung, Abteilung Verhalten auf Märkten, SP II 2013-212
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications