Published on 26 August 2021
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‘New political divides’ opening up between countryside and city dwellers across Europe

‘Disenchantment and distrust in democracy’ rises the further people live from cities and into rural areas.

A study by Professor Michael Kenny and Davide Luca at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy suggests a political division is “opening up” across the continent, with an increasing level of “disenchantment and distrust in democracy” that rises from lower levels in urban centres, but goes up through suburbs, towns, villages and is at its highest out in the open country.

Mainstream politicians seeking to re-engage residents of small towns and villages must provide economic opportunities, but they also need to address feelings of disconnection from mainstream politics and the changes associated with a more globalised economy,” 

Professor Michael Kenny, Co-Director, Bennett Institute for Public Policy

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