The Impact of Economic Crises on Political Representation in Public Communication: Evidence from the Eurozone

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External threats such as war have been shown to disrupt representation as politicians ‘put politics aside’ and cooperate across cleavages. This article examines whether a severe economic crisis can have a similar effect. It introduces a new approach that provides a spatial representation of how political parties represent societal actors in their public interactions, based on more than 140,000 machine coded news events from eleven eurozone countries between 2001 and 2011. The study shows that in bad economic times, there is a compression of political representation: parties’ relationships with the societal groups they are closest to become less cooperative, while their relationships with the groups they are least close to become less conflictual.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalBritish Journal of Political Science
StateAccepted/In press - Jun 15 2017



  • economic recession
  • event data
  • political representation
  • public communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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