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Pew Research Study on Populism in the EU

by ATinNM Thu Jul 12th, 2018 at 05:15:11 PM EST

Pew Research does top notch work.

In Western Europe, Populist Parties Tap Anti-Establishment Frustration but Have Little Appeal Across Ideological Divide

In Western Europe, populist parties and movements have disrupted the region's political landscape by making significant gains at the ballot box - from the Brexit referendum to national elections in Italy. The anti-establishment sentiments helping to fuel the populist wave can be found on the left, center and right of the ideological spectrum, as a Pew Research Center survey highlights. People who hold these populist views are more frustrated with traditional institutions, such as their national parliament and the European Union, than are their mainstream counterparts. They are also more concerned about the economy and anxious about the impact of immigrants on their society.

This dissatisfaction may in part be why they are more favorable toward populist parties; still, regardless of populist sentiments, people tend to favor parties that reflect their own ideological orientation. With regard to policy, too, ideology continues to matter. Left-right differences carry more weight than populist sympathies when it comes to how people view the government's involvement in the economy, as well as the rights of gays and lesbians and women's role in society.

These are among the findings of an in-depth Pew Research Center public opinion study that maps the political space in eight Western European countries - Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom - based on a survey of 16,114 adults conducted from Oct. 30 to Dec. 20, 2017. Together, these eight European Union (EU) member states account for roughly 70% of the EU population and 75% of the EU economy.1 The study's purpose is to evaluate how the intersection of ideology and populist views within and across these publics shapes attitudes about policies, institutions, political parties and values.

Not quite sure why this diary hasn't moved up the recommended list with three recommendations.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Jul 15th, 2018 at 08:29:13 AM EST
Same for my diary: "Russia, Iran prevail ..." with one recommend  ;)

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 15th, 2018 at 09:40:29 AM EST
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Time to FP ATinNM's diary on Pew Study of EU Populism.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jul 17th, 2018 at 06:53:51 PM EST
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That's the typical fall-back explanation.

On the other hand, of man, I tried to read --in its entirety-- the narrative inference which accompanied the "data exploration." This enterprise reminded me of another statistical exercise published 3 or 4 years ago, the name of which escapes me, purporting to describe localities of "nationalism" within the USA.

I had hoped to reach a link to the survey questionnaire, which might theoretically "frame" the designers' segmentation of respondents, but I passed out.

I am left to wonder then, What crucial attribute divides populist and democratic political ideologies? The image repertoire, according to Freud.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Jul 15th, 2018 at 02:48:43 PM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 15th, 2018 at 05:55:54 PM EST
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2013, Forget The 50 States; The U.S. Is Really 11 Nations, Author Says
"This isn't about individual behavior, it's about the characteristics of the dominant cultures of these various regions. And you can, as an individual, like or hate the sort of surrounding assumptions where you live," Woodard says. "But that force that you feel that's there, and those sort of assumptions and givens about politics, and culture, and different social relationships -- that's the forces of dominant culture that go back to the early colonial period, and the differences between various colonial clusters and their founders."
Publishers of WaPoo and Business Insider rendered partisan tints to "rival nations" which could be construed by P.U. researchers to validate segments of their populist spectrum.

Here is Woodard's point-of-sale gateway: Buy the book.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jul 15th, 2018 at 07:36:19 PM EST
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< pick teeth, suck vigorously >
Piaget has plenty to write about human cognitive development with grouping/sorting competence being prerequisite to abstract reasoning. iirc, he did not compare human and squirrel performance in this respect. So I believe this may be an area open to further empirical and polemical research.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jul 15th, 2018 at 07:46:48 PM EST
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Subjects not featured include increasing concentration of wealth at the top and the effective capture of national governments by the interests of wealth - to varying degrees. These factors certainly contribute to the frustrations of so many. Were the EU more prosperous and were its currency, the Euro and its bank the ECB better managed in the interests of EU wide prosperity,  sentiments might be more favorable - everywhere but in Germany and other trade surplus nations. Were such a regime given a few years to operate even the surplus countries might begin to see advantages. It is hard to see how we get there at present, though it likely involves developments in Germany.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jul 17th, 2018 at 06:50:03 PM EST

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