Well-being foundations of populism in Europe

Silva, Rui (2023) Well-being foundations of populism in Europe. European Journal of Political Economy. ISSN 0176-2680

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Abstract

Models of retrospective voting assume that voters’ preferences and choices depend on their subjective well-being, and thus, the belief that a particular candidate if elected, shall implement policies to improve it. We use this framework to address the populist phenomenon in Europe over the last 20 years. We find an inverse relationship between individual life satisfaction and self-reported support for populist parties (i.e., party identification). We further explore that relationship and identify political trust as one mechanism through which changes in life satisfaction affect the probability of supporting a populist party, especially, if positioned at the radical right or left.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: populism,life satisfaction,subjective well-being,political preferences,political trust
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Economic Theory
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Applied Econometrics And Finance
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2023 04:38
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2023 03:18
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/93706
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2023.102494

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