Representation and Democratic Resentment

Existing democracies are challenged by critics such as Trump, Brexiteers and populists claiming that democracy is not representative anymore. The project RepResent takes these claims serious by empirically examining the relationship between popular democratic resentment and the functioning of representation.
Concretely, researchers will examine the 2019 elections in Belgium, the campaign that precedes it and the term that follows. They will use a large variety of methods, ranging from traditional panel surveys, over content analyses and experiments, to focus groups and interviews. The goal is to systematically compare citizens' views with elites' views, to assess individual contribution to democratic resentment.
Led by the Antwerp University, the projet associates teams from VUB, KULeuven, UCL, and ULB (Emilie van Haute and Jean-Benoit Pilet, Centre d’étude de la vie politique (Cevipol), Faculty of Philosophy and Social sciences).
Created on August 13, 2018