PAPER PUBLISHED IN JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN PUBLIC POLICY
Journal of European Public Policy has published the paper “Practicing what you preach: How cosmopolitanism promotes willingness to redistribute across the European Union”, co-authored with Hector Solaz and Erika van Elsas. The paper uses laboratory experiments and survey analysis to analyse the effect of cosmopolitanism on redistributive behaviour in the EU. The paper can be accessed here.
Abstract. The political fault lines surrounding the European sovereign debt crisis have underlined the political relevance and the fragile foundation of public support for international redistribution in the European Union. Against the backdrop of an emerging political integration-demarcation divide, this article examines how cosmopolitanism structures people’s willingness to redistribute internationally within the European Union. To this aim, we conducted laboratory experiments on redistributive behaviour towards other European citizens in the United Kingdom and Germany and analysed cross-national survey data on support for international redistribution covering the EU-28. Our findings suggest that cosmopolitanism increases generosity towards other Europeans and support for international redistribution even when controlling for self-interest, support for national redistribution, concern for others, and political ideology.