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How trust in EU institutions is linked to trust in national institutions: Explaining confidence in EU governance among national-level public officials
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8289-7469
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0407-3939
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2359-4193
2019 (English)In: European Union Politics, ISSN 1465-1165, E-ISSN 1741-2757, Vol. 20, no 4, p. 629-648Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyzes the link between trust in national institutions and trust in European Union-level institutions among national public officials. Previous research has mainly looked at citizens; in contrast, little is known about the views national officials actually hold towards European Union-level institutions or how much confidence they place in them. Our study draws on a unique survey of 670 officials in 17 European Union member states who are involved in civil protection, a policy area which has recently emerged as one of the most important in the Union. Three mechanisms are explored: a ‘transference’ mechanism; a ‘trust syndrome’ mechanism and a ‘rational evaluation’ mechanism. Our findings confirm the existence of all three mechanisms and show that if European Union institutions are to be trusted to manage European Union-wide crises, then national institutions must be trusted too. This has far-reaching implications for the prospects of enhanced cooperation among civil-protection institutions in the European Union.

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2019. Vol. 20, no 4, p. 629-648
Keywords [en]
Civil protection, European Union, institutional trust, public officials, social trust
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Political Science
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-390312DOI: 10.1177/1465116519857162OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-390312DiVA, id: diva2:1341311
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