Ignacio Jurado, Rosa M. Navarrete
The Europeanization of national elections. The role of country characteristics in shaping EU issue voting

Electoral Studies, 2021: 71, Heft June 2021, (article no. 102286)
ISSN: 0261-3794 (print + online)

Research has shown that voting in European elections is affected by domestic politics. However, in the last years, and particularly after the European debt crisis, also the EU has gained relevance and salience in national politics. In this paper we address the Europeanization of national elections and assess to what extent the characteristics of countries condition the intensity of EU issue voting. Using data from the European Election Studies and the Comparative Manifestos Project, our results demonstrate the importance of congruence between citizens’ and parties’ positions on the EU for the individual vote on the national level and show how this varies across countries. We provide evidence that EU issue voting is more intense in countries with more political influence in the EU as well as in countries that are net contributors to EU funds.