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Ongoing project

Populism, Inequality and Institutions

Project period 2018 - 2021
Project employer NORFACE
Project nr. 10191


Project Background

The project investigates the argument that the underlying driver is lifetime shifts in economic inequality, caused by on-going economic transformation through technological change and import competition.

Project Approach

Our fundamental hypotheses are that the underlying dynamics of long-term economic structural transformation display similar patterns of change across advanced European countries.

However, the pattern of populist attitudes may differ across countries, depending on how such long-term change can be mediated through institutions, education, retraining and upgrading; and how the effect of populist attitudes on politics is magnified via the configuration of electoral and party institutions.

We address these hypotheses in comparative analysis combining theory with unique administrative and life-course data, combining insights from economics and political science.


ParticipantDegree PhoneE-mail
Henning Finseraas Affiliated Researcher PhD +47 482 83 631
Øyvind Søraas Skorge Senior Research Fellow PhD +47 930 41 655
Uta Schoenberg (UCL)
Anders Björklund (Stockholm University)
David Soskice (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Tags: Working Life, Elections and Democracy, Migration, Welfare
Published Oct. 23, 2017 12:08 PM - Last modified Oct. 23, 2017 12:08 PM