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Mass Politics in Tough Times – Opinions, Votes and Protest in the Great Recession - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Mass Politics in Tough Times: Opinions, Votes and Protest in the Great Recession

Larry Bartels and Nancy Bermeo


This book reveals how ordinary people in rich democracies responded to the Great Recession. Through cross-national statistical work and detailed case comparison, it surveys how the economic crisis affected elections, public opinion and protest behaviour between 2008 and 2011. It shows that incumbents were generally punished harshly at the polls regardless of whether they were of the left or right, yet it also reveals that citizens reacted to the recession with surprising moderation in other realms of mass politics. Public opinion on redistribution, immigration, extremist parties, and the Euro ... More

Keywords: recessions, voting behaviour, public opinion, protest, EU, economic crisis, extremism, protest, redistribution, trust

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199357505
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199357505.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Larry Bartels, editor
Vanderbilt University

Nancy Bermeo, editor
Oxford University

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