Donnerstag, 6. Mai 2021 | 14:00 - 16:00 Uhr
Vortrag von Dr. Daniela Braun (LMU)
Given the unexpectedly high levels of turnout in the 2019 EP elections, our paper seeks to explore whether policy issues had a mobilizing effect. We argue, that EU citizens had a higher tendency to participate in these elections when they attributed a greater relevance to one of the four central policy issues “climate change and environment”, “economy and growth”, “immigration” and “European integration”. Moreover, we maintain that people were more likely to turn out when their subjectively most relevant policy issues were also systemically salient in their country. We empirically test these propositions using two different data sets. The findings reveal the key role of major policy issues for political participation in EU politics as well as the different mechanisms in play.