Elections in hard times


  • Larry Bartels

    1. May Werthan Shayne professor of public policy and social science at Vanderbilt University. This piece is adapted from a longer essay ‘Ideology and Retrospection in Electoral Responses to the Great Recession’ presented at a conference on Popular Reactions to the Great Recession, Nuffield College, Oxford, June 2011.
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Analysing the election results of OECD countries during and after the Great Recession, leading US political scientist Larry Bartels challenges the common perception that voters have given up on progressive parties and turned to the right. Elections, he argues, have little to do with ideology.