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Living with Hard Times: How European Citizens Deal with Economic Crises and Their Social and Political Consequences

Objective

The proposed research deals with citizens’ reactions to economic crises and their social and political consequences. It examines in particular the ways in which European citizens have reacted to the crisis that, at different degree of intensity in different countries, struck Europe since 2008, but also how they deal with economic crises and their consequences more generally. We examine both individual and collective responses by citizens, both the “private” and the “public” dimensions of such responses, and both political and non-political responses. In addition, while the focus of the research is on citizens’ responses, we also examine policy responses so as to have a baseline for assessing citizens’ reactions to crises. The project has three main objectives: (1) to provide systematic evidence of the ways in which European citizens react to economic crises and their social and political consequences, both individually and collectively; (2) to advance knowledge on the connections between individual factors, contextual factors, and the ways in which European citizens react to economic crises and their social and political consequences; and (3) to suggest a number of good practices as to how to deal with economic crises, both at the social and political level, through which their negative consequences on European citizens can be avoided or limited. The project’s objectives are addressed by means of six main types of data and methods: (1) the creation of a cross-national comparative dataset on economic, social, and political indicators; (2) an analysis of policy responses to crises; (3) an analysis of collective responses to crises in the public domain; (4) an analysis of individual responses to crises by private citizens; (5) experiments designed to assess causal effects of different dimensions of crises on citizens’ attitudes and behaviors; and (6) an analysis of alternative forms of resilience in times of crisis.

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2013-2
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE
Address
Rue Du General Dufour 24
1211 Geneve
Switzerland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 541 300
Administrative Contact
Marco Giugni (Prof.)

Participants (9)

EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 42 730,45
Address
Via Dei Roccettini 9
50014 Fiesole
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Serena Scarselli (Ms.)
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 274 550
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
åsa Constanda (Mrs.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 225 799,60
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andrew King (Mrs.)
FONDATION NATIONALE DES SCIENCES POLITIQUES
France
EU contribution
€ 260 366
Address
Rue Saint Guillaume 27
75337 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gina Sandanassamy (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITAET SIEGEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 255 350
Address
Adolf Reichwein Strasse 2A
57076 Siegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tanja Heinzel (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 267 200,40
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Núria Claver (Ms.)
PANEPISTIMIO KRITIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 227 400
Address
University Campus Gallos
74100 Rethimno
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eleni Karkanaki (Ms.)
UNIWERSYTET WARSZAWSKI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 183 800
Address
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28
00 927 Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Zofia Ciemiega (Mrs.)
SCUOLA NORMALE SUPERIORE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 220 869,55
Address
Piazza Dei Cavalieri 7
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Elena Mengali (Ms.)