Exploring political solidarities for better management of societal challenges
Why do some ordinary citizens show a high willingness to shoulder the costs of public redistribution, while others are reluctant to do so? Why do ordinary citizens have multiple levels of willingness to shoulder costs depending on who receives the benefit? The EU-funded POLITSOLID project explores the micro-foundations of political solidarities in fast-changing European polities. Using a broad variety of experiments, it identifies the causal mechanisms behind political solidarities in order to isolate effective levers that political actors can pull to create or maintain political solidarities. These highly relevant results allow to better manage polities in the face of growing pressures on solidarities from mass immigration, income inequality, population ageing, right-wing populism, or the Covid-19 pandemic.
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