Project Workshop

Looking forward to our first project workshop on the ‘Political Geography of Euroscepticism’, held virtually with a great group of international colleagues.


Thursday 8. April

13:00 – 13:15Introduction of participants & the Ambizione project
13:15– 14:15Roundtable on the Geography of Public Opinion towards EU Governance: Dominik Schraff/Jana Lipps; Lisa Dellmuth
14:15 – 14:30Coffee Break
14:30 – 15:30Roundtable on the European Electoral Geography: Dominik Schraff/Ioannis Vergioglou; Arjan Schakel; Alexia Katsanidou/Quinton Mayne
15:30 – 15:45Coffee Break
15:45 – 16:30Alexia Katsanidou/Quinton Mayne: Salience of immigration and the effects of the refugee crisis
16:30 – 17:15Dominik Schraff/Ronja Sczepanski: United or divided in diversity? The heterogeneous effects of ethnic diversity on nested identities

Friday 9. April

13:00 – 13:45Francesco Nicoli/Ann-Kathrin Reinl: Regional Inequalities and Supranational Solidarity
13:45 – 14:30Sven Hegewald: PhD Proposal – The Political Geography of Far-Right Support
14:30 – 14:45Coffee Break
14:45 – 15:30Pauliina Patana: Residential Constraints and the Political Geography of the Populist Radical Right
15:30 – 16:15Kal Munis: Asymmetrical Resentment and America’s Urban-Rural Divide
16:15 – 16:30Coffee Break
16:30 – 17:15Diane Bolet/Fergus Green: Is the Green New Deal a Vote winner? Evidence from Spanish National Election Results
17:15 – 18:00Dominik Schraff/Sven Hegewald: Regional Inequality and Place-Based Resentment in Europe – Affective Polarization across Space

Paper on Covid-19 and political trust accepted at EJPR

My recent paper on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on political trust has now been accepted at the European Journal of Political Research. I argue that anxiety in the face of rising Covid-19 has pushed standard cognitive evaluations of the political regime to the background, leading to a rally around the flag effect. Using Dutch survey data from March/April 2020, I show that rising trust is explained by increasing Covid-19 incidents. The specific lockdown measures, in contrast, have had no direct causal effect on political trust. These findings raise interesting questions for future research on the role of emotions for political trust formation in a crisis. The pre-print is available here.

Fritz Thyssen Prize for best article in the social sciences

I am grateful that my recent article in the Swiss Political Science Review receives the 2020 Fritz Thyssen prize for the best article published in the social sciences of the German-speaking world. Some research publishes more easily, most is difficult to publish, and some gets not published at all. This piece was one of the more difficult ones. So I am even more pleased to see it winning a price. Thanks to SPSR for nominating my contribution!