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The preference for Europe: public opinion about European integration since 1952

Anderson, Christopher J. ORCID: 0000-0003-3198-4172 and Hecht, Jason D. (2018) The preference for Europe: public opinion about European integration since 1952. European Union Politics, 19 (4). 617 - 638. ISSN 1465-1165

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1465116518792306

Abstract

To determine how public opinion matters for the politics of European integration, we need to know what Europeans say about Europe. Yet, despite a proliferation of analyses of public support for Europe, fundamental questions remain. First, does aggregate opinion reflect a single preference for Europe? Second, is the content of opinions similar across countries? Third, have opinions about Europe become more structured over time? Finally, what are the long-term dynamics in opinions about Europe? To answer these questions, we construct a new dataset of historical public opinion since 1952 in France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Over the long run, aggregate opinion toward Europe reflects one dominant underlying dimension and its content is similar across countries. We examine the trends in support for Europe.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/home/eup
Additional Information: © The Authors 2018
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2019 16:21
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 02:53
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/101874

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