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The Politicisation of Economic Inequality: The Impact of Welfare Regimes, Elites’ Discourse and Media Frames on Citizens’ Perceptions, Justice Evaluations and Political Behaviour

Project description

How do Europeans perceive economic inequality?

Economic inequality hampers individual well-being, social cohesion and political stability. Yet, while upward convergence in living and working conditions is one of the cornerstones of the European Pillar of Social Rights, little is known about the politicisation of economic inequality in public discourse and its effects on Europeans' perceptions of and responses to economic inequality. The EU-funded POLINEQUAL project will conduct focus groups, discourse analyses, surveys and online experiments in France, Sweden, and the UK to answer this question. Its hypothesis is that individual perceptions of economic inequality are influenced by evaluations of distributive justice, informed by facts, ideological cues, political discourse, media representations and personal experiences, and are malleable to the extent that economic inequality becomes politically salient.

Call for proposal

ERC-2019-COG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-COG - Consolidator Grant

Host institution

INSTITUT D'ETUDES POLITIQUES DE GRENOBLE
Address
1030 Avenue Centrale
38040 St Martin D'heres
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 846 875

Beneficiaries (1)

INSTITUT D'ETUDES POLITIQUES DE GRENOBLE
France
EU contribution
€ 1 846 875
Address
1030 Avenue Centrale
38040 St Martin D'heres
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments