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The urban-rural polarisation of political disenchantment: an investigation of social and political attitudes in 30 European countries

Kenny, Michael and Luca, Davide (2021) The urban-rural polarisation of political disenchantment: an investigation of social and political attitudes in 30 European countries. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 14 (3). 565 - 582. ISSN 1752-1378

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Identification Number: 10.1093/cjres/rsab012

Abstract

Relatively little research has explored whether there is a systemic urban-rural divide in the political and socioeconomic attitudes of citizens across Europe. Drawing on individual-level data from the European Social Survey, we argue that there are strong and significant differences between the populations in these different settings, especially across western European countries. We suggest that this divide is a continuum, running on a gradient from inner cities to suburbs, towns and the countryside. The differences are explained by both composition and contextual effects, and underscore how a firmer appreciation of the urban-rural divide is integral to future place-based policy responses.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://academic.oup.com/cjres
Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Middle East Centre
International Inequalities Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making > D72 - Economic Models of Political Processes: Rent-Seeking, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R2 - Household Analysis > R20 - General
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R5 - Regional Government Analysis > R58 - Regional Development Policy
Z - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology > Z13 - Social Norms and Social Capital; Social Networks
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2021 12:24
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2021 13:06
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/112683

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