ESRA Conference 3 Panels on Political Attitudes

Together with Theofanis Exadaktylos we organised three panels at the ESRA (European Sociological Research Association) conference in Lisbon, 17-21, July 2017. Below you may find the extended summary of our panel.

Session Details

Since the onset of the financial crisis in Europe in 2008 a series of tumultuous events have unfolded across Europe. The European Union is confronted with a series of social and political challenges that affect European citizens across all member states, such as the rise of austerity as a result of the economic crisis, the migration influx from inside and outside the European Union, terrorism and security threats, as well as the rise of new political forces questioning the future of European Integration. This chain of events has not only challenged the political elites of the European Union and its member states but it has also affected citizens’ political attitudes.

The purpose of this panel is the understanding of the stability or change of citizens’ behaviour as an essential element in political science and comparative politics, especially within the context of turbulence in Europe. The panel incorporates ideas linked to the wider topics of the rise of populism, the questioning of established democratic values, norms and institutions by European citizens, and the rise of support for extreme and radical voices within mainstream politics.

This panel accepts papers that use survey based research including survey experiments and experimental designs to gauge short or long term changes of political attitudes, including but not limited to:

– Attitudes towards democracy
– Political preferences including party choice
– Perceptions of authoritarian personalities, and
– Support for populist or anti-systemic parties and political formations.

The focus of the panel is not the case(s) selected but rather the application of the method and its connection to rigorous empirical analysis.


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