Marina Costa Lobo and Ian McManus “Technocracy in the EU: The Eurocrisis and Technocratic Legitimacy

Marina Costa Lobo presented her an Ian’s paper on support of technocratic governments in countries that have undergone a bailout (Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain). Here’s the abstract:

“Theory presents technocracy and democracy as a zero-sum game, but is it really so from a citizens’ perspective? Our main goal is to understand the social and political correlates of support for technocracy in the countries which experienced with different forms of technocracy during the Eurozone crisis. In fact, the Eurocrisis constitutes a natural experiment in which to analyse the correlates of technocratic legitimacy among citizens. Using Eurobarometer data, we measure support for technocracy in the Eurozone between 2009 and 2014, with a particular focus on countries that have undergone a bailout (Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain). For that purpose, we will consider the Eurozone as a whole and also distinguish between the GIIPS in order to understand whether the correlates for the Eurozone as a whole and the GIIPS as a group hold for each individual country. In addition, we test whether ideological positioning is significant for attitudes towards technocracy. “

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