Bertelsmann Stiftung (Hrsg.)

Catherine E. de Vries, Isabell Hoffmann

The Power of the Past

How Nostalgia Shapes European Public Opinion

  • 2018, 32 Seiten (PDF)
  • kostenlos
  • PDF

Nostalgia is a powerful political tool. References to a better past are skillfully employed by populist political entrepreneurs to fuel dissatisfaction with present-day politics and anxiety about the future. But we know little about who is most receptive to those messages evoking a halcyon, bygone era. What share of the European public is nostalgic about the past, and what kind of political solutions does it prefer? In this report, we provide an in-depth look into Europeans’ feelings of nostalgia and how they affect views about politics today.