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.
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
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