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Mass Politics in Tough TimesOpinions, Votes and Protest in the Great Recession$
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Larry Bartels and Nancy Bermeo

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199357505

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199357505.001.0001

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Crisis of Confidence?

Crisis of Confidence?

The Dynamics of Economic Opinions During the Great Recession

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Mass Politics in Tough Times

Christopher J. Anderson

Jason D. Hecht

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the dynamics of public opinion about the economy before, during, and after the Great Recession of 2008 across 11 European countries. Specifically, using monthly public opinion data, the chapter describes the nature of opinion change resulting from turmoil in the global economy and investigates whether the nature of the change and opinion were shaped by macro-level political and economic factors, including the size of welfare states.

Keywords:   public opinion, economic mood, recessions, welfare states, left parties

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