The Political Effects of Anger about the Economic Crisis Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
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  • Magni, Gabriele
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
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  • Anger plays a central role in politics. Previous studies have underlined its mobilization effect, but have not explored variation across individuals nor the impact of anger on political preferences. Since anger has been a widespread negative response to the recent financial and economic crisis, this study explores the impact of anger about the crisis with the 2005-2010 British election panel study. Contrary to previous findings, this article shows that anger has had a demobilizing effect on a large share of the population with low political efficacy. Among these citizens, anger has led to decreased political interest and conventional participation. At the same time, anger about the economic crisis has fueled support for populist and anti-political establishment parties. These findings help explain why some citizens are distancing from traditional political engagement and raise a worrying flag about the emergence of anti-systemic political forces.
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  • Marks, Gary
  • MacKuen, Michael
  • Hooghe, Liesbet
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2014
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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