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Contesting the European Union?: why the Dutch and the French rejected the European constitution

Hobolt, Sara and Brouard, Sylvain (2011) Contesting the European Union?: why the Dutch and the French rejected the European constitution. Political Research Quarterly, 64 (2). pp. 309-322. ISSN 1065-9129

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Abstract

The process of establishing a constitution for Europe came to an end when voters in France and the Netherlands rejected the proposal. Analyzing both media coverage and survey data, this article seeks to disentangle the reasons why a majority of voters rejected the European Constitution. The authors’ findings suggest that the campaign played an important role in priming certain attitudes and that vote choices, in turn, were driven by specific issue concerns rather than general dissatisfaction with the European Union or national governments. These findings have implications not only for our understanding of direct democracy in Europe but also for the study of campaign effects.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://prq.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2011 University of Utah
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2012 11:22
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/42063/

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