The European Union Beyond the Crisis: Evolving Governance, Contested Policies, and Disenchanted Publics
The European sovereign debt crisis provides an excellent opportunity for examining the extent to which public preferences constrain member state preferences for EU policy solutions. We examine the influence of public opinion on austerity, spending, and regulation on member state preferences on 4 major EU solutions to the crisis from 20I0-2011: the initial Greek financial rescue, the creation of the European Stability Mechanism, the reform of the Stability and Growth pact, and enhanced EU financial regulation. Our analysis reveals that prior to elections and/or when there is a degree of fragmentation in the governing party or coalition public opinion constrains member state preferences. In the absence of these conditions, however, member states ignored public opinion and followed elite preferences concerning solutions to the sovereign debt crisis.
Boyle, Jennifer R. and Hasselmann, Christopher N.. A Discernible Impact? The Influence of Public Opinion on EU Policymaking During the Sovereign Debt Crisis. The European Union Beyond the Crisis: Evolving Governance, Contested Policies, and Disenchanted Publics, , : 123-144, 2014. Retrieved from Loyola eCommons, Political Science: Faculty Publications and Other Works,
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