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Since the beginning of the economic crisis voters have punished incumbent governments for rising unemployment, but not for rising income inequality.

Bouvet, Florence and King, Sharmila (2013) Since the beginning of the economic crisis voters have punished incumbent governments for rising unemployment, but not for rising income inequality. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (17 Jun 2013). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Rising income inequality has been a key criticism during protests such as the ‘Occupy’ movement, but it is unclear how such criticisms affect voting behaviour. Florence Bouvet and Sharmila King test the extent to which voters have penalised incumbent governments for increases in income inequality and unemployment, both before and after the start of the economic crisis. They find that while a rise in unemployment is strongly linked to a decrease in support for incumbent parties, there is no evidence that voters have penalised incumbents for rises in income inequality. This suggests that citizens might conceive of some economic problems as an ‘exogenous shock’ which their governments cannot be held entirely accountable for.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2013 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2017 11:34
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2019 23:18
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/72582

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