Regional Manufacturing Composition and Political (Dis)content in Europe

Anders Ejrnæs, Mads Dagnis Jensen*

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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Abstract

This article examines the relationship between changes in manufacturing employment and political discontent in European regions, using a multilevel hybrid model and data from the European Social Survey and European Commission. The analysis reveals that within regions, a decrease in manufacturing jobs leads to greater political discontent, but this relationship is not observed when comparing variation in manufacturing levels across regions. Additionally, the analysis demonstrates that this discontent manifests more as dissatisfaction with the government, rather than distrust in political institutions and actors. Native-born, lower social classes and individuals living in rural areas display more discontent, even after considering material factors. The study highlights the role of declining social status and identity threats due to manufacturing job losses as a likely driver of political discontent. It calls for more research on the effects of manufacturing transitions in Europe on the formation of political attitudes among various social groups.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of European Public Policy
Antal sider29
ISSN1350-1763
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 3 jan. 2024

Bibliografisk note

Epub ahead of print. Published online: 03 January 2024

Emneord

  • Political discontent
  • Europe
  • Manufacturing decline
  • Regions
  • Public opinion

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