Political Economy Seminar: To Accommodate or Not? Balancing Reputational and Material Concerns in International Relations

Veranstaltung |

Stefanie Walter
University of Zurich

When: 6 July 2023, 12:15 - 13:45

Where: HfP (Richard-Wagner-Str.1), Room H.001 or

Keycode: PE23

Stefanie Walter is Professor for International Relations and Political Economy at the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich.

In situations where other states challenge international norms and institutions, governments need to decide whether to accommodate or take a tough stance against such behavior. Even though a tough stance can be materially costly, governments have incentives to sanction and not accommodate non-cooperative behavior for reputational reasons. However, bringing voters on board with this approach can be challenging. Stefanie Walter examines to which extent the trade-off between the material benefits of cooperation and reputational considerations influences the extent to which citizens are willing to support a tough and materially costly response. In her talk, she will evaluate this argument using survey experiments across three contexts: a) willingness to sustain economic sanctions against Russia, b) responding to British and Swiss attempts to achieve privileged access to the EU’s internal market and c) dealing with non-compliance with rule of law norms in the European Union.