Rev Austrian Econ (2017) 30:255–258 DOI 10.1007/s11138-016-0338-z Nancy Bermeo and Larry M. Bartels (Eds.), Mass politics in tough times: Opinions, votes, and protest in the great recession New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2014. x + 400 pages. USD 99.00 (hardcover) Petrik Runst Published online: 9 January 2016 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016 A few years after the Great Recession, which began with the financial crisis of 2008, has passed, it is time to take stock of its political ramifications. This obvious and important research agenda has been taken up by Nancy Bermeo and Larry Bartels. Mass Politics in Tough Times includes ten chapters by seventeen authors. It is a lose collection of essays under the unifying question of how the recession has shaped voters’ opinions and whether it has affected the differential success of political parties. The individual contributions are bracketed together by an editorial introduction, which succeeds surprisingly well in extracting the common elements of such diverse texts. Bermeo and Bartels state that the political response to the Great Recession was limited. The only dramatic responses occurred in response to the government austerity programs, particularly in Eastern Europe countries such as Latvia and Hungary, but also
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