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Public support for European integration

Hobolt, Sara and de Vries, Catherine E. (2016) Public support for European integration. Annual Review of Political Science, 19. pp. 413-432. ISSN 1545-1577

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Identification Number: 10.1146/annurev-polisci-042214-044157


Public opinion is increasingly at the heart of both political and scholarly debates on European integration. This essay reviews the large literature on public support for, and opposition to, European integration, focusing on conceptualization, causes and consequences: What is public support for European integration? How can we explain variation in support and Euroskepticism? And, what are the consequences of public support for elections and policy-making in the European Union? The review reveals that while a growing literature has sought to explain individual support for European integration, more work is still needed to understand the ways in which opinions are shaped by their national context and how public contestation of the EU poses a challenge to, and an opportunity, for the future of the integration project.

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Additional Information: © 2016 by Annual Reviews
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2016 14:40
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:22

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