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Blaming Europe? Responsibility without accountability in the European Union

Hobolt, Sara and Tilley, James (2014) Blaming Europe? Responsibility without accountability in the European Union. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199665686

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Identification Number: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665686.001.0001

Abstract

A key component of democratic accountability is that citizens understand 'who is to blame'. Nonetheless, little is known about how citizens attribute responsibility in the European Union or how those perceptions of responsibility matter. This book presents the first comprehensive account of how citizens assign blame to the EU, how politicians and the media attempt to shift blame and finally, how it matters for electoral democracy. Based on rich and unique data sources, Blaming Europe? sheds light on all three aspects of responsibility in the EU. First, it shows that while institutional differences between countries shape citizen judgements of EU responsibility, those judgements are also highly determined by pre-existing attitudes towards the EU. Second, it demonstrates that neither politicians nor the media assign much blame to the EU. Third, it establishes that regardless of whether voters are capable of accurately assigning responsibility, they are not able to hold their EU representatives to account via the ballot box in European elections due to the lack of an identifiable 'European government' to reward or punish. As a consequence, when citizens hold the EU responsible for poor performance, but are unable to sanction an EU incumbent, they lose trust in the EU as a whole instead. In conclusion, it argues that this 'accountability deficit' has significant implications for the future of the European Union.

Item Type: Book
Official URL: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/blaming-eu...
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Divisions: European Institute
Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2018 14:06
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2021 23:15
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/86734

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