Rally 'round the Flag: The COVID-19 Crisis and Trust in the National Government

Autor(en)
Sylvia Kritzinger, Martial Foucault, Romain Lachat, Julia Partheymüller, Carolina Plescia, Sylvain Brouard
Abstrakt

During international crises, trust in government is expected to increase irrespective of the wisdom of the policies it pursues. This has been called a ‘rally-round-the-flag’ effect. This article examines whether the COVID-19 crisis has resulted in such a rally effect. Using multi-wave panel surveys conducted in Austria and France starting from March 2020, in the article it is examined how government trust was affected by the perceived threats to the nation’s health and economy created by the pandemic as well as by the perceived appropriateness of the government’s crisis response. A strong rally effect is shown in Austria, where trust was closely tied to perceived health risks, but faded away quickly over time. Perceptions of government measures mattered, too, while perceived economic threat only played a minor role. In France, in contrast, a strong partisan divide is found and no rally effect.

Organisation(en)
Institut für Staatswissenschaft
Externe Organisation(en)
Institut d’études politiques de Paris
Journal
West European Politics
Band
44
Seiten
1205-1231
Anzahl der Seiten
27
ISSN
0140-2382
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1080/01402382.2021.1925017
Publikationsdatum
2021
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
506012 Politische Systeme, 504007 Empirische Sozialforschung, 303011 Gesundheitspolitik
Schlagwörter
ASJC Scopus Sachgebiete
Political Science and International Relations
Link zum Portal
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/de/publications/rally-round-the-flag-the-covid19-crisis-and-trust-in-the-national-government(ed1c418d-066a-48ff-a9ab-e89b4acccd0c).html