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While voters might blame the EU for policy failures, it is extremely difficult for them to effectively hold it to account

Hobolt, Sara and Tilley, James (2014) While voters might blame the EU for policy failures, it is extremely difficult for them to effectively hold it to account. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (11 Mar 2014). Website.

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Abstract

European integration necessitates that there is a division of competences between the national and European levels, but how do voters assign responsibility when things go wrong? Sara Hobolt and James Tilley argue that while plenty of voters hold the EU responsible for bad outcomes, it is difficult for them to translate this blame into punishment for political actors at the ballot box. They illustrate that perceptions of responsibility are not only inaccurate, dependent as they are on poor information and existing prejudices, but that the lack of both a clear government at the EU level and a shared European vantage point dooms EU level governance to be unaccountable. This has resulted in increasing distrust of the EU institutions.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Departments > European Institute
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2017 11:08
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2020 23:11
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/72100

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