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The geography of EU discontent

Dijkstra, Lewis, Poelman, Hugo and Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés ORCID: 0000-0002-8041-0856 (2020) The geography of EU discontent. Regional Studies, 54 (6). 737 - 753. ISSN 0034-3404

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00343404.2019.1654603


Support for parties opposed to European Union (EU) integration has risen rapidly, and a wave of discontent has taken over the EU. This discontent is purportedly driven by the very factors behind the surge of populism: differences in age, wealth, education, or economic and demographic trajectories. This paper maps the geography of EU discontent across more than 63,000 electoral districts in the EU-28 and assesses which factors push anti-EU voting. The results show that the anti-EU vote is mainly a consequence of local economic and industrial decline in combination with lower employment and a less educated workforce. Many of the other suggested causes of discontent, by contrast, matter less than expected, or their impact varies depending on levels of opposition to European integration.

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Additional Information: © 2019 Regional Studies Association
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making > D72 - Economic Models of Political Processes: Rent-Seeking, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics > R11 - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, and Changes
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2019 09:27
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2024 16:45

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