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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics

In a new study, Dr Davide Luca and Professor Michael Kenny (Bennett Institute for Public Policy) reveal the extent of the political divide opening up between city and countryside right across Europe, and suggest that political polarisation in the 21st century may have a lot to do with place and location.

The two University of Cambridge researchers analysed survey data collected between 2002 and 2018 to gauge the social and civic attitudes of people across the cities, towns and rural areas of thirty European countries. Their findings highlight that political division throughout the continent runs on a “gradient” of disenchantment and distrust in democracy that increases as it moves from urban centres through suburbs, towns, villages and out into open country.

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The study has also recently been discussed in the Independent: