CMIST Afternoon Seminar: Studies on the transformation of the left–right divide
|Starts:||16:00 14 Feb 2017|
|Ends:||17:30 14 Feb 2017|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
|Speaker:||Prof Marc Swyngedouw|
CMIST Afternoon Seminar: Studies on the transformation of the left–right divide: Attitudes towards social Europe, Europe as a threat for social security, and ethnic minorities’ attitudes toward redistribution and government responsibility
Contemporary society is characterized by a de-closure and de-structuring of the cultural compromise, the social contract and the political cleavages of organized modernity. The internal order of the pre-existing bounded space of the national state is gradually destabilized by the interference of external and competing authority structures (globalization and European integration) as well as the internal transition from collective identity to individual autonomy (individualization). These transformations have transformed the cleavage structure and the structure of political conflicts in Western Europe. Not only the existing dimensions of cultural conflict are re-articulated and re-organized, but also the scope and the content of the socio-economic conflict. Concretely, we focus in this lecture on the re-articulation of the socio-economic left-right cleavage at the demand side (voters) and its consequences for attitude patterns using three recent studies of the ISPO research group. We will investigate the attitudes of Belgian voters towards the idea of a social Europe and of the attitudes of EU28 citizens on Europe as a threat for social security. And last but not least we have a look into the attitudes of Belgians from ethnic decent towards redistribution and government responsibility.
Marc is Professor of Political Sociology at the Centre for Sociological Research, KU Leuven and is currently director of the Institute of Social and Political Opinion Research (ISPO). His research and teaching regard quantitative and qualitative methodology, ethnic minorities, political sociology, urban sociology and public opinion. He is the principal investigator for the Belgian Election Studies since 1991 and organized the exit polls for the Flemish-Belgian public broadcaster. He received different academic honours and awards e.g. the J. Van Den Heuvel Award and the National Francqui Chair 2002-2003.
Coffee and biscuits from 3.45. ALL WELCOME!
Prof Marc Swyngedouw
Organisation: University of Leuven
Travel and Contact Information
CMIST Seminar Room: 2.07
Humanities Bridgeford Street