Public Politicisation and Issue Responsiveness in the European Union

Lead Research Organisation: London School of Economics & Pol Sci
Department Name: European Institute


My research investigates democratic responsiveness in the EU: the extent to which European policy adjusts to track shifts in public opinion.

More particularly it investigates the extent to which European policy-making responds to the issue preferences of EU citizens. Whilst existing literature has allowed us to make conclusions on how public opinion affects whether the EU acts (by investigating the impact of anti-European sentiment on the volume of legislation), it has done little to inform us if public preferences influence where (in which policy domain) it acts. This is particularly important as citizens' preferences on the policy domains they want the EU to act on have changed drastically, with a shift from economic priorities (employment) to security priorities (terrorism and immigration).


10 25 50

Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
ES/P000622/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2027
2098293 Studentship ES/P000622/1 01/10/2018 30/09/2021 Tom Hunter