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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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Mass Politics in Tough Times

Mass Politics in Tough Times

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Mass Politics in Tough Times
Nancy Bermeo, Larry M. Bartels
Oxford University Press

This chapter surveys how ordinary people reacted to the Great Recession. It introduces and elaborates on three themes emerging from the ten original essays that follow. First, voters were very likely to punish whatever party was ruling at the time of the recession, regardless of its ideology. No single ideological grouping including extremists has benefitted consistently from the Great Recession so far. Second, citizens were surprisingly unlikely to change their opinions during the crisis. Opinions on issues ranging from the Euro, to immigration, to redistribution remained surprisingly stable. Finally, with few exceptions, the Great Recession did not produce a wave of intense protest against poor economic performance. Mobilizations were generally focused on austerity packages and corruption rather than the recession per se.

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

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