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Class Position and Political Opinion in Rich Democracies

Authors
  • Lindh, Arvid
  • McCall, Leslie
Type
Published Article
Publisher
Annual Reviews
Publication Date
Jul 30, 2020
Volume
46
Pages
419–441
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1146/annurev-soc-121919-054609
Source
Annual Reviews
Keywords
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Abstract

In many high-income countries today, scholarly interest in the politics of class has coincided with growing economic inequality, rising support for nonmainstream political parties and candidates, and increasing flows of immigration. We review social science research on the views of different class segments vis-à-vis economic, political, and sociocultural issues, finding greater scholarly attention to the interdependence of economic, social, and political concerns and preferences than arguably was the case even a few years ago. Our main aim is to synthesize and critically evaluate this rapidly expanding literature, but we also provide empirical data on class differences and similarities in political opinion across 18 countries, and we pinpoint several areas of research that are in need of further empirical, methodological, and theoretical inquiry.

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