Interest Group Preferences in Surplus Countries – Germany, Austria and the Netherlands

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
National-level interest groups that engage with economic or social policy issues
Other sampling method : For our sample of organized economic interest groups from Germany, Austria and the Netherlands, we contacted sectional interest groups, that is, groups that represent the interest of a well-defined subset of societal interests (Giger and Klüver 2016). We concentrated on interest groups that engage with economic or social policy issues and disregarded all other groups, such as environmental groups, civil rights, and religious groups. We also only contacted groups organized at the national level where most policy decisions regarding the crisis were made. See also codebook for more detailed information.
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Web-based
The dataset ‘Interest Group Preferences in Surplus Countries – Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands’ provides a wide range of information on interest group positions on economic and social policy issues during the Eurozone crisis. The data was collected via an online survey to interest group populations in Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands between October 2016 and September 2017.
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Update Metadata: 2020-11-18 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-11-18