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Neither left behind nor superstar: Ordinary winners of digitalisation at the ballot box

This article by Anne Gallego, Thomas Kurer and Nicolas Schöll proposes a middle ground between the "superstars" and "left behinds" of technologically-driven changes to work: "ordinary winners". These are skilled workers who have increased their productivity and opportunity with technology.

The paper identifies individual economic self-interest as an important factor for determining political behaviour. The results support other existing literature that suggests those "left behind" might be attracted by the political messages of the populist right. The article concludes that the vast majority of workers benefit from digitalization, and that in the UK those who benefit most from this are more likely to support the Conservative Party, especially when they are the incumbent.

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