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Explaining European Identity

Bellucci, P and Sanders, D and Serricchio, F (2012) 'Explaining European Identity.' In: UNSPECIFIED, (ed.) The Europeanization of National Polities?: Citizenship and Support in a Post-Enlargement Union. UNSPECIFIED. ISBN 9780199602346

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This chapter analyses individual and national differences in the intensity of European identity, and provides an assessment of the many factors that sustain or hinder the development of a European identification among citizens of EU member states. A model of the intensity of EU identity - comprising feelings of EU belonging and their salience - is elaborated, taking account of the various perspectives outlined above (cognitive mobilization, instrumental rationality, political mobilization, national identity), and their distinct explanatory power across the European public is examined. Socio-structural individual level characteristics as well as system-level features are found to exert modest effects on identity. Cognitive mobilization and instrumental 'rational' considerations are far more important in framing the image of Europe and identification with it.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2013 11:19
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2021 10:15

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