The Impact of Popular Stereotypes in Academic Research and Public Policy

  • Philipp AerniEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Economics book series (BRIEFSECONOMICS)


This chapter argues that democracy may not face its biggest challenge from without, in the form of globalization and authoritarian regimes, but from within, in the form of complacent postmaterialist societies in affluent economies that prefer to stick to their homogeneous and segregated communities rather than engage with society at large. Their views are not informed by concrete interaction and experience but reflect stereotypes popularized by media-savvy global activists.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CCRS) at the University of ZurichZürichSwitzerland

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