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dc.contributor.authorCOLOMBO, Francesco
dc.date.accessioned2022-03-23T08:21:06Z
dc.date.issued2022
dc.identifier.citationFlorence : European University Institute, 2022en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1814/74367
dc.descriptionDefence date: 17 March 2022en
dc.descriptionExamining Board: Prof. Elias Dinas (European University Institute); Prof. Simon Hix (European University Institute); Prof. Catherine De Vries (Bocconi University); Prof. Noam Gidron, Hebrew University of Jerusalemen
dc.description.abstractHow do communities influence individual preferences and behaviour? In four different papers, I present compelling evidence suggesting that individual political preferences and behaviour need to be studied into context. I focus on four different political outcomes and by looking at how community-level characteristics influence the process of preferences formation and how individuals behave in four different con- texts. The first paper shows that local community’s economic performance and social capital levels qualify how individuals respond to experiencing income losses. Employing comparative and Italian survey and administrative data, I show that income loss in declining communities is especially detrimental to mainstream parties sup- port when communities are tightly interconnected and social capital is high. In the second paper, I argue that local and family history has long lasting influence on local memory with relevant political implications. Employing original survey data combined with archival and administrative data, I show that local history of a positive experience under the authoritarian regime is especially important for the persistence of revisionist counter-narratives holding positive memories of the fascist regime. In the third paper, focusing on the surge of an anti-far-right social movement, I show that local grassroots mobilization has spillovers effects on local communities’ sup- port for far-right parties’ performance. Employing municipality-level data on elect- oral results, anti-far-right mobilization and far-right rallies, I exploit a difference-in- differences design to identify the effect of local exposure to anti-far-right mobilization on the municipal electoral performance of far-right parties. Finally, in the last paper I present experimental evidence that individuals are responsive to information on their community’s collective action patterns. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, employing an original survey experiment, I show that individuals update their expectations in response to information, and that leads them to update specific dimensions of their social policy preferences.en
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dc.publisherEuropean University Instituteen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEUI PhD thesesen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDepartment of Political and Social Sciencesen
dc.rightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/embargoedAccessen
dc.subject.lcshCommunication in politics -- Italy -- History -- 21st century
dc.subject.lcshVoting -- Italy -- History -- 21st century
dc.subject.lcshItaly -- Politics and government -- 21th century
dc.titleThe power of communities : the political consequences of the interplay between individuals and contextsen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.identifier.doi10.2870/230644
dc.embargo.terms2026-03-17
dc.date.embargo2026-03-17


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