Since 2008, the European Union (EU) witnessed a growing tension between the social and economic dimensions of integration as a consequence of the ‘polycrisis’. The increasing politicisation of EU issues in national political arenas that led to the rise of Eurosceptic parties mostly revolved around the issue of European solidarity. Against this background, this study investigates the congruence between voters and incumbent members of national parliaments on the highly contentious aspects of EU solidarity. First, the article maps the extent to which national political elites share similar views on EU solidarity with their voters. Secondly, we assess members of parliaments (MPs)-voters’ congruence at the party level. Employing original data from an elite and a mass survey conducted in six EU countries between 2017 and 2018, we find that both voters and MPs expressed a high level of support for policies strengthening European solidarity in the Eurozone periphery. Instead, voters in Northern and Eastern EU member states shared more positive preferences than their national representatives. Furthermore, the party-voter distance was higher for radical-right Eurosceptic MPs, especially in Northern Europe, than for other parties.

Mapping citizens, voters, and parties’ preferences on European solidarity across EU member states / A. Pellegata, F. Visconti. - In: JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN STUDIES. - ISSN 1478-2804. - (2024), pp. 1-16. [Epub ahead of print] [10.1080/14782804.2024.2355532]

Mapping citizens, voters, and parties’ preferences on European solidarity across EU member states

A. Pellegata
Primo
;
F. Visconti
Ultimo
2024

Abstract

Since 2008, the European Union (EU) witnessed a growing tension between the social and economic dimensions of integration as a consequence of the ‘polycrisis’. The increasing politicisation of EU issues in national political arenas that led to the rise of Eurosceptic parties mostly revolved around the issue of European solidarity. Against this background, this study investigates the congruence between voters and incumbent members of national parliaments on the highly contentious aspects of EU solidarity. First, the article maps the extent to which national political elites share similar views on EU solidarity with their voters. Secondly, we assess members of parliaments (MPs)-voters’ congruence at the party level. Employing original data from an elite and a mass survey conducted in six EU countries between 2017 and 2018, we find that both voters and MPs expressed a high level of support for policies strengthening European solidarity in the Eurozone periphery. Instead, voters in Northern and Eastern EU member states shared more positive preferences than their national representatives. Furthermore, the party-voter distance was higher for radical-right Eurosceptic MPs, especially in Northern Europe, than for other parties.
European Union; European; solidarity; congruence; representation
Settore SPS/04 - Scienza Politica
   RECONCILING ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL EUROPE: VALUES, IDEAS AND POLITICS
   REScEU
   EUROPEAN COMMISSION
   FP7
   340534
2024
17-mag-2024
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