2018

Trust in the European Union: What Is It and How Does It Matter?

Reprint No. 2018:50

Author(s): Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Niklas Bremberg, Anna Michalski and Lars OxelheimYear: 2018 Title: Trust in the EU at Challenging Times: Interdisciplinary European Studies Chapter: 1Editor(s): Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Niklas Bremberg, Anna Michalski and Lars OxelheimPublisher: Palgrave MacmillanCity: New York Pages: 1–22
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Bakardijeva Engelbrekt, Bremberg, Michalski, and Oxelheim introduce the concept of trust in the European Union by pointing out its elusive character comprising both interpersonal relations and attitudes towards organizations and broad-based institutions in society. In the early days of integration, trust was primarily connected to the European security community. Then, trust was present mainly among political, economic, and bureaucratic elites while public confidence in European integration took a vaguer form. Today, trust in the EU is challenged by numerous developments, ranging from the deteriorating internal and external security situation and terrorism to rising populism and anti-establishment sentiments. Also, rapid change in the digitalization of society and changing conditions for socio-economic development play a decisive role in the evolution of trust in Europe.


Reference:
Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Antonina, Niklas Bremberg, Anna Michalski and Lars Oxelheim (2018), "Trust in the European Union: What Is It and How Does It Matter?". Chapter 1, pp. 1–22 in Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Niklas Bremberg, Anna Michalski and Lars Oxelheim, eds., Trust in the EU at Challenging Times: Interdisciplinary European Studies. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

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