Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/90652
Authors: 
Friedrichsen, Jana
Zahn, Philipp
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
WZB Discussion Paper SP II 2013-212
Abstract: 
During the Great Recession mass demonstrations indicated weakened political support in Europe. We show that growing dissatisfaction often reflects poor economic conditions and unemployment is particularly important. Using individual level data for 16 Western European countries for 1976-2010, we find that national economic performance matters even beyond personal economic outcomes. Finally, while the effects of growth and unemployment rates are the same across demographic subsets, the effect of inflation is heterogeneous. Well-educated or working individuals put a relatively higher weight on price stability than the less skilled or not working. Our findings reinforce the political importance of employment and growth policies.
Subjects: 
political support
satisfaction with democracy
growth
unemployment
collectivism
JEL: 
H11
O43
P16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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