Event Title

Gauging the European Union Message Against the Death Penalty: Lessons from an Experimental Public Opinion Survey

Session

Political Science & International Relations

Description

While many studies indicate that citizens are not responsive to EU policy messages, we argue that citizens are receptive to the EU's support of the abolition of the death penalty. We expect that citizens adjust their attitudes about death penalty, when given an EU frame of abolition. In an original experimental survey conducted in Albania, we find that respondents who received an EU framing of the death penalty exhibited lower levels of personal support for the death penalty. However, this result did hold in regards to levels of support for the reinstatement of the death penalty in Albania, which remained similar among respondents who received and did not receive the EU frame treatment.

Keywords:

death penalty, public opinion, EU membership conditions, EU enlargement, experimental survey

Session Chair

Ridvan Peshkopia

Session Co-Chair

Ramadan Ilazi

Proceedings Editor

Edmond Hajrizi

ISBN

978-9951-437-54-7

Location

Durres, Albania

Start Date

28-10-2017 3:00 PM

End Date

28-10-2017 4:30 PM

DOI

10.33107/ubt-ic.2017.323

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Gauging the European Union Message Against the Death Penalty: Lessons from an Experimental Public Opinion Survey

Durres, Albania

While many studies indicate that citizens are not responsive to EU policy messages, we argue that citizens are receptive to the EU's support of the abolition of the death penalty. We expect that citizens adjust their attitudes about death penalty, when given an EU frame of abolition. In an original experimental survey conducted in Albania, we find that respondents who received an EU framing of the death penalty exhibited lower levels of personal support for the death penalty. However, this result did hold in regards to levels of support for the reinstatement of the death penalty in Albania, which remained similar among respondents who received and did not receive the EU frame treatment.