Who deserves? Political implications of emotions in the Nordic welfare-state context

Kantola, A. (!!Speaker), Wass, H. (!!Speaker), Hiilamo, H. (!!Speaker)

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Based on a representative survey with 4,000 respondents, we study whether and how emotions and class attitudes affect vote choices. Moreover, we test whether corresponding connection apply to attitudes towards other groups alike, such as immigrants. In his recent contribution, Piston (2018) suggests that sympathy for the poor and resentment of the rich are important mechanisms shaping Americans political preferences. Yet, the strength of the effect of class group attitudes on political behavi! or depend s on the extent to which the public is aware of the redistributive implications of certain policy proposal and whether the issue is framed in terms that emphasize class consideration or fades them. While these findings seem rather surprising given the deep-rooted inequalities in American political landscape, they should be even more pronounced in the context of the Nordic welfare states. The Nordic consensual decision-making procedures, corporatism, wide representation of various social groups, active membership in social organizations and remarkable levels of both institutional and social trust (Bengtsson & al. 2014) provide a particularly favorite breeding ground for egalitarian class attitudes. During the era of economic and social transformation, however, political emotions of solidarity seems to be in flux (Hall 2017), and possibly fragmenting into resentful, divergent and mutually hostile political bubbles. On the basis of a representative survey with 4,000 respon! dents, we examine whether and how class attitudes affect vote choices in Finland. Furthermore, we test whether corresponding connection apply to attitudes towards other groups alike, such as immigrants and asylum-seekers.
Period4 apr 2019
VidMPSA, Förenta Staterna (USA)