The Impact of “External” Shocks on Attitudes Toward Europe: The Current Economic Crisis

  • Danilo Di Mauro
  • Vincenzo Memoli


The recent financial and economic crisis provides a perfect context for testing how the growth of a political issue affects attitudes toward European institutions. Saliency of an issue is positively related to concern toward the same issue. This last concept proves to have a stronger effect on support for Europe. Concern for the economic situation is negatively related to both specific and diffuse support for the EU. The growth of a political problem influences attitudes toward both policy choices (specific support) and the political regime as a whole (diffuse support). Concern also has an effect on votes for Eurosceptic parties, but this is strongly mediated by governmental approval. The analyses show that when moving from an attitudinal sphere to electoral participation, the nature of “second order election” still emerges.


Euroscepticism Specific support Attitudes toward Europe Saliency Economic crisis EU integration Vote European elections Parties Accountability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Danilo Di Mauro
    • 1
    • 2
  • Vincenzo Memoli
    • 3
  1. 1.European University Institute (EUI) San Domenico di FiesoleFiesoleItaly
  2. 2.Unitelma Sapienza, University of RomeRomeItaly
  3. 3.Università degli Studi di CataniaCataniaItaly

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