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Ever closer or ever wider? Public attitudes towards further enlargement and integration in the European Union

Hobolt, Sara (2014) Ever closer or ever wider? Public attitudes towards further enlargement and integration in the European Union. Journal of European Public Policy, 21 (5). pp. 664-680. ISSN 1350-1763

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Abstract

Proponents of the European project often portray further enlargement of the European Union as a complement to the process of building an ever closer union. The eurozone crisis, however, has highlighted the risks associated with pursuing deeper integration in a diverse union and reignited the debate on differentiated integration. This contribution examines how public attitudes towards the processes of deepening and broadening are related and asks whether European citizens see them as complementary or conflicting. Using multilevel analysis of Eurobarometer data, the contribution examines the factors - individual and contextual - that shape attitudes towards enlargement and deeper political integration across the 27 member states. The findings suggest that the 'winners' of integration - high-skilled individuals in core eurozone countries - are most likely to support deepening, but oppose further enlargement out of fear that an ever wider union might be costly.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rjpp20/current#.U3y...
Additional Information: © 2014 Taylor & Francis
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 21 May 2014 12:17
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/56804/

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