Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Regions throughout Europe’s largest economies are being left behind by cities
- Regional inequality risks extinguishing small municipalities over time.
- This fear and the general sense of 'being left behind' provides an opportunity for political parties to become the agents of change.
- However, political disillusionment could instead create movements that reject any form of political or institutional representation.
Nine out of ten of the poorest regions in Northern Europe are located in the United Kingdom. In the majority of these regions over 50% voted for Brexit, indicative of voter disillusionment over declining purchasing power.
A recent EU study shows that regional inequality and rural depopulation are key voter concerns ahead of the European Parliament elections on May 23-26. At the domestic level, regional inequality will play a major role in future elections, in particular given its role in fuelling the rise of populist parties and anti-establishment movements such as the yellow vests in France.
© Oxford Analytica 2020. All rights reserved. This content contains general information about geopolitical, macroeconomic and social developments or (where stated) other matters. It does not contain advice or recommendations that may be relied on. Where links to external websites are provided, this does not indicate that Oxford Analytica or Emerald Group agree with, endorse or have checked for accuracy the contents of said sites.