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Blaming Europe? – Responsibility Without Accountability in the European Union - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Blaming Europe?: Responsibility Without Accountability in the European Union

Sara B. Hobolt and James Tilley


A key component of democratic accountability is that citizens understand ’who is to blame’. Nonetheless, little is known about how citizens attribute responsibility in the European Union, or how those perceptions of responsibility matter. This book presents the first comprehensive account of how citizens assign blame to the EU, how politicians and the media attempt to shift blame, and finally, how it matters for electoral democracy. Based on rich and unique data sources, Blaming Europe? sheds light on all three aspects of responsibility in the EU. First, it shows that while institutional diffe ... More

Keywords: Accountability, ballot box, blame, citizen judgements, European Union, media, responsibility, trust

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199665686
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665686.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sara B. Hobolt, author
Sutherland Chair in European Institutions, London School of Economics and Political Science

James Tilley, author
University Lecturer and Fellow, Department of Politics and International Relations and Jesus College, University of Oxford

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