The Eurozone crisis and citizen engagement in EU affairs
While the Eurozone crisis has contributed to Europeanisation trends in the domestic politics of EU member states, it has not to the same extent triggered citizen mobilisation in EU-level democratic procedures. Theories that treat politicisation as an undifferentiated phenomenon tend to miss this important distinction. This article suggests that the weakness of supranational citizen mobilisation is linked to factors that restrict the citizens’ receptiveness to EU-related messages: limited knowledge of the EU and a weak sense of political efficacy, a discursive framing that conceptualises the EU as a consortium of member states rather than a supranational entity, and attributions of responsibility for the crisis that de-emphasise the role of EU policies. These factors constitute cultural opportunity structures that influence politicisation patterns; they imply that politicisation is, under present conditions, more likely to result in a renationalisation than in a supranationalisation of EU politics.
|Keywords||citizen engagement, discursive frames, Eurozone crisis, political efficacy, political responsibility|
|Journal||West European Politics|
Baglioni, S. (Sebastian), & Hurrelmann, A. (2016). The Eurozone crisis and citizen engagement in EU affairs. West European Politics, 39(1), 104–124. doi:10.1080/01402382.2015.1081507