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Europe in the political imagination

White, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0002-4668-698X (2010) Europe in the political imagination. Journal of Common Market Studies, 48 (4). pp. 1015-1038. ISSN 1468-5965

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2010.02084.x


Perceptions of the EU tend to be studied by examining responses to targeted opinion polls. This paper looks instead at how citizens draw Europe into a wider discussion of politics and political problems. Based on a series of group discussions with taxi-drivers in Britain, Germany and the Czech Republic, it examines the motifs speakers use to explain the origins of problems, the assumptions they make about their susceptibility to address, and how, when these patterned ways of speaking are applied to the EU, they serve to undermine its credibility as a positive source of political agency.

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Additional Information: © 2010 John Wiley & Sons
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2010 08:45
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2024 01:30

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