Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login to save this paper or follow this series

"I just hope the whole thing won't collapse": "understanding" and "overcoming" the EU financial crisis from the citizens' perspective


Author Info

  • Hepp, Andreas
  • Lingenberg, Swantje
  • Elsler, Monika
  • Möller, Johanna
  • Mollen, Anne
  • Offerhaus, Anke
Registered author(s):


    Based on qualitative research conducted in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, and the United Kingdom, the article analyses the citizens' perspective on the EU financial crisis as it is communicated in the European public sphere. With reference to this aim, we argue in the following steps: After a general introduction into the research field we describe our overall theoretical approach on the citizens' role in the process of a communicative construction of the European public sphere. The following section introduces the methodological approach, triangulating qualitative interviews, a half-standardised questionnaire, qualitative network maps and media diaries. We go on to present our research results on the citizens' constructions of the EU financial crisis. On the one hand, they are struggling to understand the crisis, a process that is marked by perplexity, anxiety, and speculations. On the other hand, the citizens develop their own view on how to overcome the crisis, either in a national way, a European way, or by re-negotiating European cooperation. Based on such an analysis we conclude by a general reflection whether the crisis is a problem for the EU and its public sphere. -- Das Ziel des Artikels ist es, basierend auf qualitativer Forschung in Dänemark, Deutschland, Frankreich, Großbritannien, Österreich und Polen die Sicht der Bürgerinnen und Bürger auf die in der europäischen Öffentlichkeit kommunizierte EU-Finanzkrise zu rekonstruieren. Bezug nehmend auf dieses Ziel argumentieren wir wie folgt: Nach einer allgemeinen Einleitung in das Forschungsfeld legen wir unseren theoretischen Ansatz zur Rolle der Bürgerinnen und Bürger im Prozess der kommunikativen Konstruktion einer europäischen Öffentlichkeit dar. Hierauf folgend wird der empirische Ansatz unserer Forschung vorgestellt, die qualitative Interviews, habstandardisierte Befragung, qualitative Netzwerkforschung und Medientagebücher trianguliert. Im Anschluss werden die von uns herausgearbeiteten Konstruktionen der EU Finanzkrise dargelegt. Auf der einen Seite bemühen sich die Interviewten, die Krise zu verstehen, wobei Ratlosigkeit, Sorgen und Spekulationen dominieren. Auf der anderen Seite entwickeln die Bürgerinnen und Bürger ihre eigene Sicht darauf, wie die Krise zu überwinden ist. Hierbei fallen unterschiedliche Vorstellungen von nationalen Wegen, europäischen Wegen und dem Neuverhandeln der europäischen Zusammenarbeit auf. Basierend auf dieser Analyse ziehen wir am Ende des Beitrags ein allgemeines Fazit im Hinblick auf die Frage, inwieweit die EU Finanzkrise ein Problem für die EU und deren Öffentlichkeit darstellt.

    Download Info

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    Bibliographic Info

    Paper provided by University of Bremen, Collaborative Research Center 597: Transformations of the State in its series TranState Working Papers with number 168.

    as in new window
    Date of creation: 2013
    Date of revision:
    Handle: RePEc:zbw:sfb597:168

    Contact details of provider:
    Postal: Parkallee 39, 28209 Bremen
    Phone: 0421/218-4362
    Fax: 0421/218-7540
    Web page:
    More information through EDIRC

    Related research


    This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:


    References listed on IDEAS
    Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
    as in new window
    1. Tsuneyoshi, Takao & Hashimoto, Akihiro & Haneda, Shoko, 2012. "Quantitative evaluation of nation stability," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 34(1), pages 132-154.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)



    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.


    Access and download statistics


    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:zbw:sfb597:168. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (ZBW - German National Library of Economics).

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.