Party-voters congruence concerning the European Union: an analysis of its evolution during the Eurozone crisis using elite and mass surveys

GT 2.9 Europa como eje de conflicto: Analizando posiciones euroescépticas

José Real Dato (Universidad de Almería)
Sesión 1
Día: miércoles,20 de septiembre de 2017
Hora: 18:00 a 20:00
Lugar: Aula 0.1.

In this paper I intend to analyze to what extent the Eurozone crisis has affected the representativeness of parties’ positions with respect to the issue of European integration. Public opinion data and many analyses have evidenced that since 2010, public support for the European Union has dramatically. In contrast, existing data on party positions shows a considerable level of stability in this issue area, particularly among mainstream parties. However, we still lack a comparative analysis of the evolution of party-voters congruence since the starting of the Eurozone crisis, and the factors that may affect variations in congruence levels. In this paper, we aim at filling this gap, through using a unique dataset of parties and voters positions based on political elite and mass surveys carried out in 9 EU countries in 2007, 2009 and 2014.

Palabras clave: Unión Europea, congruencia, partidos políticos, crisis de la eurozona