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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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The Political Consequences of the Economic Crisis in Europe

The Political Consequences of the Economic Crisis in Europe

Electoral Punishment and Popular Protest

(p.297) 10 The Political Consequences of the Economic Crisis in Europe
Mass Politics in Tough Times

Hanspeter Kriesi

Oxford University Press

This exploratory chapter tries to link the electoral consequences of the Great Recession and the protest to which it has given rise. In the first part, the expectations of the economic voting literature are confirmed in a comparative analysis of electoral outcomes, which shows that the fiscal consequences (large budgetary deficits) in particular are giving rise to severe punishment of governing parties by the electorate. The second part links this electoral punishment to the political protest which, in the countries most hit by the crisis, is shown to have been triggered (Western Europe)/reinforced (Central- and Eastern Europe) by fiscal problems of the state in the crisis.

Keywords:   economic voting, comparative electoral outcomes, political protest, fiscal crisis

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