ARENA Tuesday seminar: Dirk Leuffen

Dirk Leuffen presents the paper 'Who Deserves European Solidarity? How recipient characteristics shape public support for international medical and financial aid during COVID-19' at the ARENA Tuesday seminar on 26 April 2022.


International solidarity is indispensable for coping with global crises; however, it is increasingly constrained by public opinion. Against this backdrop, this article analyses the ‘redistribution to’ side of public support for European and international solidarity. We argue that by taking situational and relational characteristics between donor and recipient countries into account, we can expand on the already well-covered ‘redistribution from’ side. The article reports results from factorial survey experiments on medical and financial aid, conducted in Germany during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our findings stress that perceptions of situational need and control, as well as political community criteria, namely group membership, adherence to shared values, and reciprocity, play a crucial role in explaining public support for aid. Important policy implications result: on the donor side, fault-attribution frames are likely to matter; on the recipient side, honouring community norms is a key to receiving aid.

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Please note that this paper is work in progress and thus has limited distribution, please contact us if you would like access. Do not cite without permission from the author.

The event is hybrid. If you would like to attend digitally, contact Silva Hoffmann to get the zoom link. 

Published Apr. 4, 2022 2:19 PM - Last modified Apr. 19, 2022 11:02 AM