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ECPR 50th Anniversary Fund

The Impact of the Financial Crisis on Political Support in Europe

Markus Tausendpfund
FernUniversität in Hagen
Daniela Braun
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München – LMU
Markus Tausendpfund
FernUniversität in Hagen

The aim of our paper is to investigate the impact of the global financial crisis (GFC) on public attitudes on the national political system. Our dependant variable, the perceptions of the domestic political system, will be developed alongside David Easton’s theoretical framework of system support focusing on the well-known distinction between specific and diffuse support. We assume that during the initial period, the global crisis has a negative impact merely on specific system support of the citizens. Only in the subsequent period, the diffuse side of system support is affected as well. The global crisis will be measured through different economic indicators as e.g. the unemployment rate, inflation rates, or the GDP, and respectively changes of these measures over time. We test these two hypotheses for European countries using three waves of the European Social Survey (ESS) applying descriptive statistics as well as multivariate analyses (multi-level analyses).
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