The Rise of Euroscepticism in Times of Crisis. Evidence from the 2008–2013 Eurobarometers

  • Alina Bârgăoanu College of Communication and PR, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration
  • Loredana Radu College of Communication and PR, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration
  • Elena Negrea-Busuioc College of Communication and PR, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration

Abstract

The financial and economic turmoil within the European Union has significantly impacted upon the way in which the European citizens assess the advantages of EU membership and the future of the integration process. Intensely preoccupied with the economic problems, the EU leadership has lost sight of the constant decrease of public support and the increasing lack of citizens’ confidence in the Union. This paper seeks to show the dynamics of public opinion between 2008 and 2013 with a special focus on the rise of Euroscepticism, using secondary data analysis of standard Eurobarometers. Our longitudinal analysis reveals the dynamics of EU-related attitudes and perceptions before, during, and after most of events that are usually labeled under the rather generic term “crisis”.

Published
2016-05-07
How to Cite
Bârgăoanu, A., Radu, L., & Negrea-Busuioc, E. (2016). The Rise of Euroscepticism in Times of Crisis. Evidence from the 2008–2013 Eurobarometers. Romanian Journal Of Communication And Public Relations, 16(1), 9-23. doi:10.21018/rjcpr.2014.1.185
Section
Articles

Keywords

Euroscepticism; Eurozone crisis; EU legitimacy crisis; Eurobarometers