Political Inequality

Political trust among electoral winners and losers in Europe

Winner-loser trust gap across countries Winner-loser trust gap in Poland Trust differences across parties in Poland Voting for a party that ends up losing the election is known to be associated with lower satisfaction with democracy and trust in the parliament (cf. Martini and Quaranta 2019). How does Poland compare to other European countries? How has the winner-loser trust gap changed in Poland over time, and how have trust levels among supporters of current and former ruling parties changed in periods when they were not in government?

Political participation patterns in Poland

Political participation in Poland Latent class analysis Three types of participants: the Disengaged, Activists, and Protesters Region maps I recently came across Jennifer Oser’s 2017 article in Social Indicators Research about “political tool kits”, i.e. profiles (or patterns) of participation in different political activities. Her general argument is that research on citizen participation would benefit from analyses of such participation patterns instead of (or at least in addition to) just looking at determinants of participation in single activities.

Measuring the level and inequality of political participation with survey data

Political participation in the ESS Country levels of political participation Inequality of political participation Democracy indicators Economic inequality Matrix scatter plots How to measure political inequality? The Variaties of Democracy project (V-Dem) has a set of political equality indicators that capture the extent to which political power is distributed according to wealth and income, membership in a particular social group, gender or sexual orientation (cf. V-Dem Codebook v.

Dot plot challenge: Voting gender gaps in Europe

Getting and reshaping the data The Dot Plot The August edition of the Storytelling with Data challenge #SWDchallenge stars the dot plot. Here is a simple plot of the gender gap in voting in national elections using the most recent 8th Round of the European Social Survey, ESS. Getting and reshaping the data library(essurvey) # getting European Social Survey data library(tidyverse) # data cleaning and reshaping library(countrycode) # converting country codes to names library(ggplot2) # plots With the essurvey package the ESS data can be downloaded directly to R.