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Democratic Politics in a European Union Under Stress$
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Olaf Cramme and Sara B. Hobolt

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198724483

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724483.001.0001

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Public Attitudes towards the Euro Crisis

Public Attitudes towards the Euro Crisis

(p.48) 3 Public Attitudes towards the Euro Crisis
Democratic Politics in a European Union Under Stress

Sara B. Hobolt

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the public responses to the euro crisis, and considers the consequences for the legitimacy of the European Union. It shows that while citizens increasingly hold the EU responsible for economic outcomes, they cannot hold European politicians to account for the crisis and this has led to declining levels of trust in EU institutions. Nonetheless, while citizens increasingly see the EU as part of the problem when it comes to the economic crisis, they also consider it to be part of the solution: the EU is still considered to have greater capacity than national governments to provide an effective solution to the economic challenges facing Europe.

Keywords:   euro crisis, public opinion, legitimacy, trust

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