Does the confidence in the EU spill over to the national level? A longitudinal analysis of political trust in Central Europe

Chiru, M. and Gherghina, S. (2012) Does the confidence in the EU spill over to the national level? A longitudinal analysis of political trust in Central Europe. Perspectives on European Politics and Society, 13(2), pp. 226-245. (doi:10.1080/15705854.2012.675654)

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Abstract

The EU enlargement brought about a series of institutional changes in the new member-states. This article shows how the EU also shapes citizens' attitudes towards their domestic political institutions. Using survey data from the Candidate Countries and Standard Eurobarometers (2002–06), we show that political trust in national institutions in Central Europe is the effect of trust in the EU and of the expectations projected onto the evolution of the national economies. Such determinants got stronger after EU accession, thus supporting our central argument, according to which we witness a third phase in the formation of attitudes towards institutions in post-communist Europe. Keeping to these lines, our study sheds new light on the patterns and origins of political trust formation, showing that a transfer of legitimacy is possible not only from a national to a supranational level, but also in the reverse direction.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Chiru, M., and Gherghina, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Perspectives on European Politics and Society
Publisher:Taylor and Francis (Routledge)
ISSN:1570-5854
ISSN (Online):1568-0258
Published Online:31 May 2012

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