Vés enrere Research Forum: Regional Deprivation and Political Resentment

Research Forum: Regional Deprivation and Political Resentment


The next Research Forum session of the academic year 2023-2024

The Department of Political and Social Sciences invites DCPIS members, PhD, and Master students.

It will be hosted by Ignacio Lago, Professor in the Department of Political and Social Science at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF).

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Presentation: Regional Deprivation and Political Resentment 

Speaker: Anja Neundorf i Sergi Pardos-Prado (University of Glasgow)

Chair: Ignacio Lago, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

Date: Thursday, January 18th, 2024

Time: 12pm - 1:30pm CEST

Room: 40.035 Sala de graus Albert Calsamiglia

Building: Roger de Llúria


This will be a hybrid event that you can attend in person or online.

Zoom Link: https://upf-edu.zoom.us/j/94347995818

Meeting ID: TBA


Does regional economic deprivation shape political attitudes, and if so, why? While globalization resulted in sharp geographical disparities within nations, the consequences of territorial inequalities for political backlash are disputed. Observational analyses cannot isolate the causal effect of regional variables, and the study of contextual causal mechanisms has been mostly ignored to date. We circumvent these challenges with a pre-registered survey experiment in Great Britain manipulating the saliency of household deprivation, regional deprivation, and their interaction. Results show that living in a deprived region increases anti-democratic preferences, distrust in government, and populism. The politics of place appears to be particularly consequential for poorer individuals, who articulate significant levels of resentment only when living in deprived areas. Poorer households in well-off regions benefit from improved economic prospects, status, and positive spill-overs, making their attitudes toward the political system indistinguishable from the rich.

About the speaker:

Anja Neundorf is a Professor of Politics and Research Methods at the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow. She previously held a position at the University of Nottingham (2013-2019) and a Post-doctoral Prize Research Fellowship in political science at Nuffield College, University of Oxford (2010-2012). Since September 2020, Professor Neundorf has been leading a European Research Council Consolidator Grant project on "Democracy under Threat: How Education can Save it" (DEMED). Generally, Professor Neundorf's research applies advanced statistical methods to substantially important research questions with the aim of testing and refining theories of political socialization and political support for democracy and autocracy.   

Sergi Pardos-Prado is full Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Glasgow, and has been Research Director in Politics and International Relations at this university between 2020 and 2023. He is also a member of the Migration Advisory Committee, which gives independent and evidence-based advice to the UK Government. Before this, he was an Associate Professor in Politics at Merton College, and a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, both at the University of Oxford. He is currently a co-Investigator and Glasgow lead in a project on “The rise of populist parties in Europe: the dark side of globalisation and technological change”, funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung. Professor Pardos-Prado’s research lies at the intersection between immigration, political behaviour, comparative politics, comparative political economy, and quantitative methods.



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