Awakening the Sleeping Giant in Greece and Portugal? Elites' and Voters' Attitudes towards EU Integration in Difficult Economic Times

Andre Freire, Eftichia Teperoglou, Catherine Moury

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Abstract

This article explores the extent to which the economic crisis and political responses of the European Union (EU) to austerity policies have contributed to Euroscepticism in Greece and Portugal. We analyse attitudes towards the EU at both voter and elite levels using fresh and innovative data, and by comparing them with data from surveys conducted before the crisis we show assessments of austerity and the bailouts are feeding elite and voter Euroscepticism. In both countries there are signs of a crisis of representation with greater voter-elite incongruence in the representation of EU issues than before the bailout.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-499
Number of pages23
JournalSouth European Society And Politics
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2014

Keywords

  • Austerity
  • Portugal
  • Greece
  • Economic Crisis
  • European Union Support
  • Euroscepticism
  • EUROPEAN INTEGRATION
  • SOUTHERN EUROPE
  • PUBLIC SUPPORT
  • PARLIAMENTARIANS
  • EUROSCEPTICISM
  • GOVERNMENT
  • ELECTIONS
  • IDENTITY
  • CRISIS
  • UNION

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