Critical Men? Perceptions of Crisis Without Crisis in Sweden

  • Katrin Uba
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)


Although the Great Recession of 2008 did not hit Sweden much, very many people perceived that the Swedish economy was suffering a crisis. This chapter investigates this phenomenon and demonstrates that men perceived the presence of a very serious economic crisis significantly more than women; those with lower income and own experience of crisis perceived the presence of crisis more than others; and supporters of the radical right party (Sweden Democrats) perceived the severe crisis more often than supporters of other parties. While our analysis does not allow making a causal argument, it is suggested that the perceived seriousness of crisis might be more related to the distrust toward authorities than the real experience of economic downturn.


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  • Katrin Uba
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  1. 1.Department of GovernmentUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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