Type
Article
Titre
Rally round the flag’: the COVID-19 crisis and trust in the national government
Dans
West European Politics
Auteur(s)
KRITZINGER Sylvia - University of Vienna [Vienna] (Auteur)
FOUCAULT Martial - Centre de recherches politiques de Sciences Po (Auteur)
LACHAT Romain - Centre de recherches politiques de Sciences Po (Auteur)
PARTHEYMÜLLER Julia - University of Vienna [Vienna] (Auteur)
PLESCIA Caroliona - University of Vienna [Vienna] (Auteur)
BROUARD Sylvain - Centre de recherches politiques de Sciences Po (Auteur)
Éditeur
GB : Routledge
ISSN
01402382
Mots clés
Trust in government, COVID_19 crisis, Health & Economy
Résumé
EN
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.

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