Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Preprints, Working Papers, ...

Is the European Union a ruler? A natural experiment on attribution of responsibility

Abstract : Economic-voting literature has shown that support for the EU depends on macroeconomicvariables - mainly unemployment and inflation - just like support for national governments. This suggests that citizens reward or punish the EU according to the state of the economy, as if EU was deemed responsible for it. In order to test this hypothesis, we need to prove that EUsupport depends on the state of the economy only when the EU is actually in charge. Based on Eurobarometer surveys which were carried out three years before and after the 2004 wave of accession, we analyze economic support for the EU in the ten countries which joined European institutions on this occasion. We find that macroeconomic variables did not affect support for the EU before accession and that they considerably altered it after 2004, which confirms that citizens attribute responsibility to the EU for the state of the economy.
Document type :
Preprints, Working Papers, ...
Complete list of metadatas

Cited literature [62 references]  Display  Hide  Download
Contributor : Sciencespo Grenoble Centre de Documentation <>
Submitted on : Monday, March 3, 2014 - 3:15:47 PM
Last modification on : Friday, July 17, 2020 - 9:28:29 AM
Long-term archiving on: : Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 3:10:11 PM


Files produced by the author(s)


  • HAL Id : halshs-00954770, version 1



Abel François, Cal Le Gall, Raul Magni Berton. Is the European Union a ruler? A natural experiment on attribution of responsibility. 2014. ⟨halshs-00954770⟩



Record views


Files downloads