The European Trust Crisis and the Rise of Populism
128 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2018
Date Written: February 22, 2018
The spectre of populism is haunting Europe and the West, but what is driving this populism? In this paper we look at the implications of the Great Recession on voting for anti-establishment parties, as well as for general trust and political attitudes, using regional data across Europe. Our results imply that crisis-driven economic insecurity is a substantial driver of populism and political distrust.
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