The POLINEQUAL project (The Politicization of Economic Inequality: The Impact of Welfare Regimes, Elites' Discourse and Media Frames on Citizens' Perceptions, Justice Evaluations and Political Behaviour), led by Sonja Zmerli, member of Pacte research laboratory, won the prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant in December 2019.
This project, which began in 2020 and will run for 5 years, aims to study the causes and mechanisms that motivate citizens to respond to economic inequality.


Conceptually, POLINEQUAL is based on the following hypotheses on the perception of economic inequality:
  • These perceptions are biased because they are influenced by evaluations of distributive justice and therefore do not reflect objective levels of economic inequality
  • They are based on ideological facts and cues, media representations or personal heuristics
  • Perceptions and evaluations are malleable to the extent that economic inequality is politicized and becomes politically salient
  • Politically salient perceptions and evaluations of economic inequality elicit emotional, attitudinal and behavioral responses.

Focus on

The Grenoble site's support for applications to European ERC grants: FOSTERING Science.

This program is designed to inform and support those who wish to apply for competitive grants in order to carry out their innovative research in a Grenoble institution. This approach complements those put in place within the various organizations.
Visit the website

The ERC Consolidator Grant

This call is designed for experienced researchers who obtained their PhD 8 to 12 years ago and aims to enable them to consolidate their research work. This year, 301 projects were selected in Europe (out of 2,453 applications) for 600 million Euros. With 43 projects selected, France is once again in 3rd place (out of 24 countries), after Germany (52 winners) and the United Kingdom (50 winners).
Visit the website
Published on  April 7, 2021
Updated on October 11, 2023