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Crisis? What crisis? Economic recovery and support for independence in Catalonia

Bel, G; Cuadras-Morató, X; Rodon, T; (2019) Crisis? What crisis? Economic recovery and support for independence in Catalonia. Regional Science Policy and Practice , 11 (5) pp. 833-848. 10.1111/rsp3.12236. Green open access

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Abstract

Many political commentators and politicians claim that the effects of the Great Recession account for the surge in support for independence in Catalonia. However, available evidence does not point to a significant role having been played by the economic crisis in this political process. To enhance our understanding of the potential effects of changing economic conditions, we extend our analysis to the subsequent period, when economic recovery had taken place in Catalonia. Even in this very different economic scenario, the same results are found: that is, no evidence of a systematic relationship between changes in economic variables and variations in support for independence.

Type: Article
Title: Crisis? What crisis? Economic recovery and support for independence in Catalonia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/rsp3.12236
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/rsp3.12236
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: voting behaviour elections intergovernmental relations; federalism; secession legislatures microeconomics models of political processes: Rent‐seeking
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10123061
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