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Blaming Europe?Responsibility Without Accountability in the European Union$
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Sara B. Hobolt and James Tilley

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199665686

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665686.001.0001

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When Do Citizens Get It Right?

When Do Citizens Get It Right?

(p.28) (p.29) 3 When Do Citizens Get It Right?
Blaming Europe?

Sara B. Hobolt

James Tilley

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 examines how citizens can ’get it right’ when it comes to assigning responsibility in the complex system of multilevel governance within the EU. It explores how different arrangements of institutions, varying levels of political knowledge, and changing political circumstances affect citizens’ perceptions of EU responsibility. Using survey data from all EU member states, it shows that citizens, especially those who are more knowledgeable about politics, are quite similar to political experts in their judgements of responsibility for different policy areas. Citizens’ evaluations are also shaped by institutional differences across countries in a similar way to those of experts and they respond to the Eurozone crisis by holding the EU more responsible. However, the chapter also finds that there are very large differences in the extent to which citizens hold the EU responsible within countries that cannot be explained by institutional differences.

Keywords:   European Union, Eurozone, institutions, political knowledge, responsibility

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