Shared grievance and economic alignment? Rural and working class voters' view state intervention in the economy in Norway.

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Eivind Senneset, UiB

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The last seminar of this semester in the DIGSSCORE seminar series is held by Marta Rekdal Eidheim, PhD at DIGSSCORE and the Department of Government.

Abstract for the talk:

Previous literature shows that rural voters can turn to the right politically, highlighting conservative cultural attitudes and government dissatisfaction as main drivers of this voting pattern. This article contributes to our understanding the political preferences of rural voters by instead focusing on their views on state intervention in the economy. Do rural voters and working class voter share grievances and economic preferences ? To test the strength of this alignment, the paper presents a series of empirical studies based on survey data administrated in Norway. The results show that rural voters and working class voters share views on state intervention in the economy. These voter groups believe cities and people living there end up with too much resources, and support redistribution - both between people and places. In addition the results demonstrate that both spatial and traditional economic redistribution is more favoured by left-wing voters.


The event is in a hybrid format, you are welcome to join us for lunch from the Corner room at DIGSSCORE. Food is provided on a first-come first-served basis.

All are welcome!


Zoom link for digital attendance.