Interest Group Preferences in Deficit Countries – Ireland, Spain and Greece

Resource Type
  • Ray, Ari
  • Redeker, Nils
  • Reinke, Raphael
  • Walter, Stefanie
Publication Date
  • FORS - Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences
  • Abstract

    The project analyzes how societies’ vulnerabilities to different types of policy responses to the crisis affects their willingness to engage in policies that constribute to a sustainable solution of the euro crisis. The argument builds on the insight that the euro crisis is, at its root, a balance-of-payments crisis and argues that the resulting distributive struggles surrounding the politics of the euro crisis in surplus and deficit countries are distinct but related, and should therefore be analyzed in a unified framework. The vulnerability to internal reforms is inversely related to the willingness to support (in surplus countries) or demand (in deficit countries) transfer payments to crisis countries. Empirically, the project examined how vulnerability profiles affect domestic crisis politics and policies on two levels of analysis, the interest-group and the national level. It used a mixed-methods research design that combined a quantitative analysis of national vulnerability profiles and crisis politics in a wider set of deficit and surplus countries, interest-group surveys in selected Eurozone surplus and deficit countries and qualitative comparative case studies of the domestic politics of the euro crisis in these countries. The overarching goal of the project was to generate an encompassing picture of the distributional politics of the euro crisis and a better understanding of the constraints under which European policymakers operate in their attempts to solve the crisis.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1990-2018
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
  • Austria (AT)
  • Spain (ES)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • Greece (GR)
  • Worldwide, more detailed analyses for European Economic and Monetary Union member states, especially Austria, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Netherlands and Spain.
Sampled Universe
All socio-economic interest groups active at time of survey fielding (spring/summer 2017) in Ireland, Spain and Greece.
Other sampling method : See codebook.
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Web-based
The dataset ‘Interest group preferences in deficit countries – Ireland, Spain and Greece’ provides a wide range of information on interest group positions on economic and social policy issues during the Eurozone crisis, which took place between 2010-15. The data was collected via population-surveys directed to interest group populations in Ireland, Spain, and Greece during the summer of 2017.
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Update Metadata: 2020-11-18 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-11-18