Social mobility and political (dis)content in Britain

‘I examine the effects of intergenerational social mobility on political (dis)content in Britain through 3 connected papers. First, using a conjoint experiment, I analyse what exactly voters perceive as economically successful outcomes, including social mobility’s role within that. The experimental design allows me to interpret how the public trade-off these attributes. For example, how the British public trade-off social mobility against poverty, earnings inequality, growth, inflation, and unemployment rates. Second, I show how intergenerationally mobile voters’ positions in the Brexit referendum differ from their non-mobile counterparts. Third, beyond one’s own mobility, I investigate how historic levels of social mobility in one’s local area influences political attitudes and voting behaviour.’

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