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Bailout or bust? Government evaluations in the wake of a bailout

Larsen, Erik Gahner, Klemmensen, Robert, Klitgaard, Michael Baggesen (2019) Bailout or bust? Government evaluations in the wake of a bailout. European Political Science Review, 11 (2). pp. 231-246. ISSN 1755-7739. E-ISSN 1755-7747. (doi:10.1017/S1755773919000092) (KAR id:73449)


Governments are often punished for negative events such as economic downturns and financial shocks. However, governments can address such shocks with salient policy responses that might mitigate public punishment. We use three high-quality nationally representative surveys collected around a key event in the history of the Dutch economy, namely the outbreak of the financial crisis in 2008, to examine how voters responded to a salient government bailout. The results illustrate that governments can get substantial credit for pursuing a bailout in the midst of a financial crisis. Future research should take salient policy responses into account to fully understand the public response to the outbreak of financial and economic crises.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/S1755773919000092
Uncontrolled keywords: financial crisis, bailout, democratic accountability, government behaviour, public opinion
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Erik Larsen
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2019 17:49 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:03 UTC
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