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National vs international solidarity with unemployed people in the sovereign debt crisis: Evidence from Spain and the Netherlands

  • Theresa Kuhn
Tuesday 5 December 2017
Diplomacy and Global Affairs Research Seminar Series 2017
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague


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About the lecture

Amid the European sovereign debt crisis and soaring unemployment levels across the European Union, ambitions for a European Unemployment Benefits Scheme (EUBS) are high on the political agenda. We don’t know very well, however, what European taxpayers think about these plans, and which factors affect public support for European unemployment benefits. To contribute to this debate, we combined laboratory experiments with a vignette survey on support for European unemployment benefits in the Netherlands and in Spain. Our results show that citizens are generally more reserved about helping the unemployed from other member states than jobless people from their own country. Citizens with higher socio-economic status and those identifying as Europeans are most likely to support unemployment benefits, while political ideology plays a negligible role. Taken together, our results indicate that there is a relatively solid basis of public support for European unemployment benefits.

About the speaker

Theresa Kuhn is Associate Professor in political Science at the University of Amsterdam. She obtained her PhD from the European University Institute in Florence and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. Her book Experiencing European Integration. Transnational Lives and European Identity was published by Oxford University Press in 2015 and was awarded the UACES prize for best book on Contemporary European Politics. Theresa Kuhn currently works on the VENI-funded research project Boundaries of solidarity and investigates public support for international redistribution in the wake of the European sovereign debt crisis.

About the seminars

Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar Series is a series launched by the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. The seminars of internationally acknowledged guest researchers and faculty members deal with current research topics in diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and political economy broadly conceived and target a broad audience through their interdisciplinary focus.

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