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Tit for tat? EU risk-sharing and the role of past crisis experiences

SPS Seminar
11 October 2021, h. 12.00
SPS Seminar Room (Room 215, II floor, via Passione side)
Department of Social and Political Sciences
Via Conservatorio 7, Milan

Speaker: Ann-Kathrin Reinl (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München)
Chair:Alessandro Pellegata (Università degli Studi di Milano)

The seminar will be held in-person and online via Zoom.
The number of available seats is limited.
Please contact alessandro.pellegata@unimi.it to register your presence or to receive the Zoom link

Abstract
As with previous and major crises, transnational solidarity within the EU is also highly necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to fighting the virus threat, the EU is preparing solutions to combat ensuing economic and financial difficulties. However, this latest catastrophe does not operate in a political vacuum but follows a decade of preceding crises. Hence, public backing for EU-wide risk-sharing mechanisms might be informed by past crisis experiences. We assume that the willingness to show solidarity is greater when a crisis-ridden country has also shown solidarity in prior crises whereas readiness should be mitigated by unsolidary behavior in the past. We test this assumption based on a survey experiment run in 11 EU countries in November and December 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, we compare the results of our experiment to citizens’ actual previous crisis experiences. Our findings show that information about whether a country has acted in solidarity in the past indeed shape the willingness of citizens of other EU countries to support cross-country risk-sharing measures. However, respondents’ preferences do not always seem to match the crises lessons learned in a countries’ recent history.

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04 October 2021
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