Euro-Crisis and Institutional Trust in Central Eastern Europe: A Comparative Approach
ESPA General Conference, Barcelona, June 2013
Posted: 19 Jun 2013
Date Written: June 2013
EU accession constituted an important element for the stabilization and modernization of the new democratic institutions in Central Eastern Europe. Support for EU membership in these countries has been linked to a discontent with the performance of domestic institutions, while Euro-skepticism has been observed to be more pronounced in countries with higher levels of satisfaction with the workings of national democracy. However, in the recent years, the financial and economic crisis has put into question the output legitimacy of EU institutions, while support for the European integration project has been eroding in the whole of the EU. In this context, the goal of the paper is to explore the possible link between citizens’ evaluations of the financial, economic, and political crisis at the EU level; and their attitudes towards the domestic political system in the context of the new member states of the EU. The data used for the analysis is the Euro-barometer series.
Keywords: institutional trust, economic crisis, Central Eastern Europe, European Union
JEL Classification: A00
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