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Is my Nation Cool Enough? Nationalism under Economic Adversity

In this paper, I assess the impact of economic crises on national attitudes and, in particular, on nationalism and patriotism. Two explanations can potentially account for the effect of the economy on national attitudes: an explanation based on an instrumental understanding of national attachment, and an explanation based on the theory of diversionary nationalism. I analyze data from two monographic surveys of the Interna- tional Social Survey Program (National identity 2003, and 2013), a timeline that allows treating the Great Recession as an exogenous shock on the economic situation of each country.

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