Grant: ERC Consolidator Grant, €1.99 million

Principal Investigator: Prof. Catherine De Vries

Period: 2020-2025

The key aim of the LOSS project is to unravel: How economic hardship affects support for socially conservative political agendas aimed at restricting the rights of marginalised groups (ethnic linguistic and religious minorities migrants LGBTQIA + and women) and how local and national policy contexts affect this relationship.

Many European societies have recently experienced growin"g prejudice towards marginalised groups and the rise in support for far-right parties advocating to restrict the rights of these groups. These developments threaten the cohesion of national and local communities across Europe. While aggregate level evidence suggests that financial crises generally coincide with increased support for far-right parties we do not understand why this happens.

By developing a groundbreaking interdisciplinary theoretical framework that integrates insights about the role of loss from political science sociology social psychology and behavioural economics the LOSS project contends that experiences of economic hardship translate into specific narratives of loss that in turn trigger support for social conservative political agendas. To empirically examine the importance of narratives of loss the LOSS project employs an innovative multi-method empirical approach combining qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. To uncover the role of context the project compares five European countries (Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom) that vary in the level of compensation provided for economic hardship and local contexts within these countries.

More about the project:

"How Economic Hardship Fuels Support for the Far Right" Bocconi Knowledge

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(Grant agreement No. 864687)

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