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Fiscal solidarity: the conditional role of political knowledge


Armingeon, Klaus (2021). Fiscal solidarity: the conditional role of political knowledge. European Union Politics, 22(1):133-154.

Abstract

In order to cope with the economic fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic, the EU countries hit hardest by the virus requested fiscal support from the other EU member states. Likewise, the Eurozone arguably depends on some form of a fiscal union. This international redistribution critically depends on citizens’ support. Do politically knowledgeable citizens develop preferences for fiscal redistribution that are different from those of ignorant citizens? Based on the 2014 European Election Study, this article argues that knowledge plays a limited and conditional role. It hardly exerts a systematic independent effect. Rather, it helps crystallize party cues and basic European integration values. My findings are consistent with a theory, according to which knowledge eases the process of rationalizing preferences that originate in previous basic orientations.

Abstract

In order to cope with the economic fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic, the EU countries hit hardest by the virus requested fiscal support from the other EU member states. Likewise, the Eurozone arguably depends on some form of a fiscal union. This international redistribution critically depends on citizens’ support. Do politically knowledgeable citizens develop preferences for fiscal redistribution that are different from those of ignorant citizens? Based on the 2014 European Election Study, this article argues that knowledge plays a limited and conditional role. It hardly exerts a systematic independent effect. Rather, it helps crystallize party cues and basic European integration values. My findings are consistent with a theory, according to which knowledge eases the process of rationalizing preferences that originate in previous basic orientations.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Health (social science)
Social Sciences & Humanities > Demography
Social Sciences & Humanities > Political Science and International Relations
Uncontrolled Keywords:political science and international relations, health(social science), demography Eurozone, fiscal union, political knowledge, solidarity
Language:English
Date:March 2021
Deposited On:12 Apr 2021 10:37
Last Modified:26 Mar 2024 02:35
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN:1465-1165
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/1465116520967752