SNSF Ambizione project “Regional Inequality and the Political Geography of EU Support”

Budget: 860’000 CHF

Period: 2019-2023

This research project investigates the relationship between regional inequalities within Europe and citizens’ support for European integration. While previous research mainly focused on the role of vertical inequality (e.g., income inequality between individuals), this research project investigates how spatial inequalities (horizontal inequality) shape public support for the European Union (EU).  In doing so, this project aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of the interrelationship between European integration, regional inequality, and societal preferences towards integration. Specifically, this project sheds new light on how space shapes public opinion about the EU, emphasizing the role of location for socialization and horizontal learning processes. This is a highly relevant endeavor as current challengers of European integration – such as Eurosceptic parties and secessionist movements – capitalize strongly on regional inequalities in Europe.