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Support for European Integration

Henjak, A and Tóka, G and Sanders, D (2013) 'Support for European Integration.' In: UNSPECIFIED, (ed.) Citizens and the European Polity: Mass Attitudes Towards the European and National Polities. UNSPECIFIED. ISBN 9780199602339

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This chapter examines generalized support for the EU rather than attitudes towards specific institutions and policies. Theories about its origin are subjected to more comprehensive empirical tests than previous analyses attempted, using time-series cross-section data covering all member states from the 1970s to 2007. The dynamic relationship between EU-support and national economic and political developments follows a transfer, rather than substitution logic, while increasing trade with EU member states, high cognitive mobilization, low welfare spending, Catholicism and favourable labour market position all contribute to favourable dispositions towards EU-membership. Other often suggested influences on EU support appear inconsistently across nations or time, which we attribute to the nature of the EU itself that generates diverse, contradictory, and ever-changing expectations among citizens.

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 11:34
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2021 10:15

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