Crisis Perceptions and Economic Voting Among the Rich and the Poor: The United Kingdom and Germany

There is widespread agreement that macro-economic events such as the recession that resulted from the 2008 financial crisis can have important political ramifications. This essay is an attempt to identify how these economic shocks affect voter attitudes and in turn shape electoral outcomes.  The analysis is based on panel studies conducted in the U

The Heterogeneity of Consumer Sentiment in an Increasingly Homogenous Global Economy

Recent investigations concerning consumer confidence in the U.S. have shed light on both the economic and political forces that contribute to its dynamics. And yet, as the recent financial crisis makes clear, the world economy is an increasingly interdependent place. This paper explores whether, in fact, consumer confidence responds differently to