It is widely argued that the routine path of European integration has reached an impasse in the face of Euroscepticism and disuniting forces. In particular, a massive dissent seems to have emerged as to what the costs and benefits of European membership are, and how European policies affect everyday life. The Brexit debate illustrates this dissent prominently, but similar divides characterise the situation across, and within other member states. The project examines the perceptions of Single Market policies by consumers and business, but also their role in the regulatory process. It compares various policy areas and countries based on computer assisted analysis of documents, half-structured expert interviews and focus group interviews. It revisits assumptions in the literature about the imbalance between diffused and corporate interests, and about the relevance of the national socio-economic context for varying outcomes. Moreover, through its qualitative, in-depth analysis, it seeks to gather new insights into how diverging perceptions originate.
Sandra Eckert is currently Associate Professor for Politics in the European Multilevel System at Goethe University Frankfurt / Main, and previously held positions at the Universities of Berlin, Darmstadt, Mannheim, Osnabrück and at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute in Florence. She holds a PhD in political science from Free University Berlin. In her research, Sandra studies issues related to European integration, comparative public policy and international political economy.
Everyday Life in the Single European Market: Consumer and Business Perceptions
Area of research:
Social and Political Sciences
01 Oct 2019 – 31 Jul 2022