Global Perspectives: Public Opinion Responses to Global Shocks
These reports published by the Cambridge Center for the Future of Democracy and the Bennett Institute for Public Policy (University of Cambridge) explore the evolution of global public opinion in reaction to major shocks, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine.
- Foa, R.S., Mollat, M., Isha, H., Romero-Vidal, X., Evans, D., & Klassen, A.J. (2022). “A World Divided: Russia, China, and the West.” Cambridge, United Kingdom: Centre for the Future of Democracy.
Romero-Vidal, X., Evans, D. and Foa R. (2022). “Global Public Opinion is divided on Russia and China“, UK in a Changing Europe.
- Foa, R.S., Romero-Vidal, X., Klassen, A.J., Fuenzalida Concha, J., Quednau, M. and Fenner, L.S. (2022). The Great Reset: Public Opinion, Populism, and the Pandemic, Cambridge, United Kingdom: Centre for the Future of Democracy.
Outreach: CNBC, The Times, The Times, Euronews, El Mundo, El Periódico, CNN Portugal, TSF Rádio, The Print, Financial Times, Radio France Internacional, El Nacional, Expresso, Folha de S.Paulo, The Guardian, Il Foglio, El Español, Spiegel, Süddeutsche Zeitung. China Daily, Forbes Centroamérica, Excélsior, Bloomberg, Washington Post, El día, Nexo, RTP Noticias, El Independiente, Swiss Info, Cadena Ser, La Vanguardia.
Understanding how (and why) politcians change their minds
- Márquez Romo, C. and Romero-Vidal, X. (2022). “In the Eyes of the Beholder? Understanding Policymakers’ Perceptions of Corruption“. Legislative Studies Quarterly.
- Márquez Romo & Romero-Vidal (2022). “El giro a la izquierda y las fuerzas armadas: convergencia y polarización ideológica en América Latina“. Revista Española De Sociología, 31(2), a104.
- Romero-Vidal & Márquez Romo (2022). “Why politicians downplay corruption while in power”. Department of Politics and International Studies (University of Cambridge).
- Márquez Romo & Romero-Vidal (2022). “Latin American elites and armed forces: a tale of ideology and trust“. LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre.
Redistributive preferences in Europe
Relying on a large collection of national and international surveys, we estimate new aggregate measures of public opinion on redistribution. First, we examine if, when and how the support for redistribution differs across income groups. A time-series cross-sectional analysis of data on aggregate preferences from seven advanced democracies (1980s-2017) enables a study of the longitudinal dynamics of the redistributive preferences and of the different responses to inequality by low and higher-income strata. Additionally, we study the extent to which governments respond to changes in preferences across income groups and therefore whether we find unequal responsiveness in the field of redistribution.
- Romero-Vidal & Van Hauwaert (2022). “Polarisation between the rich and the poor? The dynamics and structure of redistributive preferences in a comparative perspective“, International Journal of Public Opinion Research.
- “Unequal (public) responses to inequality. The structure and origins of redistributive preferences across Western democracies”, with Steven M. Van Hauwaert.
- “Responsive to whom? The effects of party ideology and income-group preferences on redistributive policies”, with Steven M. Van Hauwaert.
Sub-national public opinion: Support for independence in Catalonia and Scotland
Using a mixed-methods approach, I aim to uncover the mechanisms behind the sudden increase in support for independence observed over the “austerity decade” in Catalonia and Scotland. I study the extent to which the public responds orderly to both national and regional political stimuli and economic events. Additionally, I explore the relationship between shifts in sovereignty preferences and the ideological changes at the aggregate level.
- Romero-Vidal (2020). “Two temperatures for one thermostat: The evolution of policy attitudes and support for independence in Catalonia (1991-2018)“, Nations and Nationalism.
- Romero-Vidal (2018). El efecto de las crisis económicas y la acción gubernamental en las preferencias de políticas públicas en Cataluña. Quaderns de l’ICPS; 15. Barcelona: Institut de Ciències Polítiques i Socials (ICPS).
- Mirando al centro, de Carles Castro. La Vanguardia, 3/09/2018.
- La misteriosa desaparición de la derecha en Cataluña: ¿todos se han hecho de izquierda?, by Héctor G. Barnés. El Confidencial, 9/02/2021.
- “Austerity and Independence: A Paired Comparison of Catalonia and Scotland”, with Sebastian Dellepiane Avellaneda and Anthony McGann.
The religious dimension of party politics
Scholars usually rely on the assumption that populist radical right parties refer to Christian values and traditions more than mainstream parties. Yet, the role of religion in party communications has little empirical research. This research project attempts to fill this gap by analysing religious references of 36 political parties in seven Western European democracies (Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland) in order to test this assumption. In particular, it focuses on the salience of references to Christianity and Islam as well as on the type of evaluation of these religions in election manifestos and on Facebook.
- Schwörer, Romero-Vidal (2020). “Radical right populism and religion: mapping parties’ religious communication in Western Europe”, Religion, State and Society.
- Schwörer, Romero-Vidal, Fernández-García (2020). “The religious Dimensions of the Spanish radical Right – Ideology, Communication and Agenda setting of Vox”. In: Religion and Illiberal Politics in Europe and Beyond: Concepts, Actors, and Identity Narratives, eds. Anja Hennig, Mirjam Weiberg-Salzmann. Frankfurt am Main: Campus.
- “Religious discourses in Europe: how different is the Far-Right?” Schwörer & Romero-Vidal (2020). Right Now!, C-REX – Center for Research on Extremism, University of Oslo
- “The religious dimensions of the Spanish left: Parties and electorates” Romero-Vidal & Schwörer (2021). Agenda Pública (El País) Spanish version here
Journal articles on other topics:
- Romero-Vidal, Riera & Orriols (2023). “Moving Beyond the Economy: Executive Approval in Spain”. In Economics and Politics Revisited: Executive Approval and the New Calculus of Support, ed by Timothy Hellwig and Matthew Singer, Oxford University Press.
- Froio, Romero-Vidal (2023). “From the screens to the streets? Social media use and participation in the Yellow Vests protests“, Politics.
- Schwörer, Romero-Vidal & Moreno Vallejo (2023). “The rise and fall of GMOs in politics: party positions and mainstream party behaviour in Western Europe“, Environmental Sociology.
- Romero-Vidal (2021). “Measuring objective and subjective class: The effects of survey questionnaires on the study of class voting“, Political Research Exchange.