Using European Social Survey data for 11 Western European countries between 2004 and 2018, we construct a novel index that measures existential anxieties on the individual level. Our index shows (1) that existential anxieties increase the likelihood of right-wing populist voting and (2) that the fear fueling narratives of these parties especially mobilize individuals with moderate globalization attitudes.
Michael Bayerlein, Doc. cand.
Existential Anxieties and Right-Wing Populism in Europe – Why People Unconcerned by Globalization Vote Against it
Future of Politics, Work and Society/ Digitalization
Research and projects in this cluster are focused on the labor market and job prospects, communication and free speech, data protection, etc., in an environment of automation and digitalization.