Alexander Langenkamp and Simon Bienstman argue that populist parties appeal strongly to citizens who feel vulnerable and discontented in ways that may be more than just political. This is an important explanatory factor of the electoral success of populist parties as a symptom of 'protest at the ballot box'
Income inequality threatens democracy by depressing trust in political institutions. To better understand why, Simon Bienstman, Svenja Hense, and Markus Gangl argue that we should pay attention to inequality’s negative effect on citizens’ evaluations of the democratic process
PhD Candidate, Institute of Sociology, Goethe University Frankfurt
Simon's research revolves around the social and political consequences of economic inequality and includes topics like populism and voting behaviour, political support, as well as status perceptions and interpersonal relationships.
His research has been published in Political Psychology.