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Class gaps in perceptions of political voice: liberal democracies 1974–2016

Published inWest European politics, p. p.1-27
Publication date2022-03-29
First online date2022-03-29
Abstract

This article explores the role of occupation, education and income on individuals’ perceptions of being politically represented. Based on ISSP surveys in 19 liberal democracies between 1996 and 2016 and a cross-national survey carried out in the mid-1970s, we analyse responses to the statement that ‘people like me do not have any say about what the government does’. We show a clear occupational and educational hierarchy in perceptions of being politically represented (or having a political voice), with routine workers and skilled production workers perceiving themselves as much less well represented than upper middle-class professionals. Analysing changes over time, we show that class gaps were already large in the mid-1970s and increased further over the following decades. By contrast, class gaps were stable over the period from the mid-1990s to the mid-2010s. Most strikingly, we observe a sharp decline in perceived political influence among unionised workers since the 1970s.

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Keywords
  • Social classes
  • Political voice
  • Representation
  • Trade unions
  • Inequalities
Funding
  • European Commission - Unequal Democracies [741538]
Citation (ISO format)
RENNWALD, Line, PONTUSSON, Harry Jonas. Class gaps in perceptions of political voice: liberal democracies 1974–2016. In: West European politics, 2022, p. p.1–27. doi: 10.1080/01402382.2022.2046419
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