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From Maastricht to Brexit by Richard Bellamy and Dario Castiglione

The Interrelationship between Institutional Performance and Political Support in Europe: Discussing Causes and Consequences

Workshop Number
19
Workshop Director
Marc Hooghe
University of Leuven
Workshop Co-Director
Sonja Zmerli
Sciences Po Grenoble

Abstract
The main objective of this workshop is to examine the interrelationship between institutional performance and political support in Europe and to discuss its consequences with a particular focus on European integration. The evidence shows that citizens in post-communist and southern European countries alike tend to place significantly less trust in their politicians and have less confidence in central government and regulative institutions such as the judicial system or the police than citizens from countries with long established democracies. At the same time, these countries are dealing with comparatively high levels of corruption as disclosed by the Corruption Perception Index which could be one of the causes. Therefore, scrutinizing the very nature of the interrelationship between institutional performance and political support will be at the center of this workshop. This approach draws primarily on theoretical as well as empirical studies on the origins of political support which are mainly politics-centred. They focus on the performance of government and the economy, and often take a top-down approach by arguing that the behaviour, image and policies of political leaders, and the way in which political institutions operate in daily life lie at the heart of the formation of political support.
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1. What are the origins of effective or ineffective institutional performance (corruption, democratic development, government performance) and to which extent does it determine political support?
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2. Are there any signs of eroding political support in countries where low levels of political confidence have been prevailing over a long period of time?
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3. If any, what are the consequences of distinctly diverging levels of political confidence amongst European populations for the integration of the European Union?

Paper List


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Accounting for low trust in institutions in Greece: institutional performance, social capital and EU public policy View Paper Details
Corruption, the inequality trap, and confidence in government View Paper Details
Does government performance matter? Support for incumbents in six post-communist countries View Paper Details
Economy, political trust and the well-being of nations View Paper Details
Exploring political trust among immigrants in Scandinavia View Paper Details
Institutional trust and multilevel government in the EU: congruence or compensation? View Paper Details
National institutional performance in uncertainty reduction and its effects on the attitudes towards European integration View Paper Details
National religious context and trust towards the European Parliament View Paper Details
Persistence and change in the Italian politics of dissatisfaction: a comparative perspective View Paper Details
Political confidence in new democracies in Europe. Examining individual-level and contextual-level sources View Paper Details
Recessions, retrenchment, or inequality? Political mistrust in West European Welfare States, 1976-2001 View Paper Details
Satisfied with what? Direct democracy and individual satisfaction in Switzerland View Paper Details
Social trust and confidence in public institutions View Paper Details
The influence of EU membership on the development of political support in CEE countries View Paper Details
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Voting against Europe: Institutional images and policy uncertainties in EU View Paper Details
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