|Author (Person)||Muro, Diego, Vidal, Guillem|
|Series Title||Mediterranean Politics|
|Series Details||Vol.22, No.2, June 2017, p197-217|
|Publication Date||June 2017|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
The political effects of the Great Recession on southern Europe were substantial. The rapid economic deterioration of Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain from 2008 onwards was accompanied by an increase in citizens’ dissatisfaction towards national political institutions. The sources of political mistrust in the southern periphery were of a political and economic nature.
Using quantitative data from EU member states from 2000 to 2015, this paper evaluates the suitability of competing theories in explaining this shift in political attitudes in southern European countries. The paper argues that economic crises act as an external shock that places politics, politicians and institutions in the spotlight as a result of citizens’ deteriorating performance of the economy. The findings suggest that unemployment, public debt and political corruption are key variables in understanding short-term changes in political mistrust.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Countries / Regions||Southern Europe|