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In explaining the rise of populism, it’s not economic anxiety vs. identity politics – it’s both.

Baccini, Leonardo and Weymouth, Stephen (2021) In explaining the rise of populism, it’s not economic anxiety vs. identity politics – it’s both. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (07 May 2021). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Many commentators attributed Donald Trump’s surprise 2016 election victory to the role played by voters heavily affected by deindustrialization, often located in the so-called Midwestern ‘Rust Belt’. In new research which examines voting patterns in counties which have experienced manufacturing layoffs, Leonardo Baccini and Stephen Weymouth find that that these layoffs are associated with greater support for Republican challengers among whites compared to voters of color. They attribute this pattern to whites’ concerns about social and economic status loss in the face of layoffs, concerns which are played on by populist and reactionary candidates like Donald Trump.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2021 11:42
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2021 23:04
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/111410

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