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Impact of financial crisis on citizens' support for the EU

Pötz, M. (2014) Impact of financial crisis on citizens' support for the EU.

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Abstract:Since the ratification of the Maastricht treaty, support for the EU is on the decline, varying strongly within the member-states. For example, the percentage of people who tend to trust the EU has declined in Greece from 62.5% in 2007 to 18% in 2013, while in Denmark in the same period from 68.7% to 49%. This research investigates the variation of change of support for the EU measured with Trust in EU and Image of EU in 25 EU member-states on national-aggregate level during the recent financial crisis. It compares the correlational strengths of three different factors: perceived and real severity of crisis as well as checking for national cue. The heavier the impact of the financial crisis on one country, the bigger the decrease of the percentage of people who tend to trust the EU. Change of trust in national government showed to be no good predictor. Variation of change on country level can thus be explained by the extent of the impact of the financial crisis. However, this is certainly not the only factor influencing support and thus a policy which aims at improving public attitudes has to take more into consideration than just hoping for economic growth.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/65460
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