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There seems to be a consensus in many western countries that things are changing for the worse. Eefje Steenvoorden investigates this pessimistic attitude. She shows that the existence of concern about the state of society among citizens is not just the product of intellectual analysis or artistic imagination, but is very real and current. She also shows that societal pessimism has real consequences in the form of greater support for populist right-wing parties and a lower degree of social and political participation.

Event details of Causes and consequences of societal pessimism
Date 1 June 2016
Time 12:00 -13:00
Location Agnietenkapel
Room Location

E.H.  Steenvoorden: Societal Pessimism: A Study of its Conceptualization, Causes, Correlates and Consequences.


Prof. J.N. Tillie

Prof. P. Dekker (Universiteit van Tilburg)


Dr T.W.G. van der Meer


Room Location

Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229 - 231
1012 EZ Amsterdam


This event is open to the public.