Jane Gingrich -Oxford University

Social Mobility and Populism


This paper examines a range of claims about the link between social mobility
and populist attitudes and voting. It argues that social mobility is a
complex concept, and that its’ relationship with populism depends on the way
the concept is defined. Using data from the European Social Survey, we show
that choices about how to conceptualise mobility have important empirical implications.


Jane Gingrich is a professor of comparative political economy in the department of politics and international relations at the University of Oxford. She is also a tutorial fellow at Magdalen college. She is the PI of the ERC research project SCHOOLPOL, and a member of the CIFAR Innovation, Equity and the future of Prosperity working group”.

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