University of Twente Student Theses


Trust in the national government and EU support levels : A comparative study of Germany and Romania

Jira, L.C. (2020) Trust in the national government and EU support levels : A comparative study of Germany and Romania.

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Abstract:As Brexit and the increasing nationalism in Europe poses a threat to the future of the European Union it is important to better understand the foundations, explanations, and dynamics of EU support. This bachelor thesis seeks to bring some clarity on the issue by investigating the relationship between governmental trust and attitudes towards the EU. Because levels of trust in the national government can vary not only over time but also between European countries, a comparative, longitudinal research design is used. A post-communist democracy (Romania) is being compared with a Western democracy (Germany) because they are expected to show different results based on their historical, economic, and political differences. Within-country as well as cross-country variance is analyzed by using descriptive statistics and regression analysis relying on quantitative Eurobarometer Standard Public Opinion surveys from 2009, 2015, and 2018. The impact of governmental trust on EU support is described and the strength of the relationship as well as third factors explaining EU support are assessed. The results showed that people who trust the government are also more likely to support the EU in both countries and revealed that trust in the national government is a much more important predictor variable for Germany than it is for Romania.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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