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What difference does the framing of a crisis make to European Union solidarity?

Ferrara, Federico Maria, Schelkle, Waltraud ORCID: 0000-0003-4127-107X and Truchlewski, Zbigniew ORCID: 0000-0003-3594-4290 (2023) What difference does the framing of a crisis make to European Union solidarity? European Union Politics, 24 (4). 666 - 683. ISSN 1741-2757

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Identification Number: 10.1177/14651165231184641


Does the framing of crises shape public support for inter-state solidarity? We focus on three dimensions that have been salient in the characterisation of European Union crises and may affect public support for solidarity more generally: (a) how country-specific or common a crisis is; (b) whether policymakers are seen as responsible for the crisis or not; and (c) how existential or manageable the threat posed by a crisis appears. We employ a pre-registered factorial vignette experiment conducted in 15 European Union countries to assess how characterising a hypothetical crisis affects voter support for fiscal and financial solidarity. Our results show that exposure to different crises frames shapes public support for risk-sharing in the European Union. Changes in solidaristic attitudes vary significantly with the means of fiscal risk-sharing proposed.

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Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s)
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2023 12:27
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2024 21:09

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