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The political bond in Europe: a research agenda

White, Jonathan (2004) The political bond in Europe: a research agenda. Online Paper (21/04). The Federal Trust for Education & Research, London, UK.

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The normative foundations required by the EU have been cast variously in the literature in terms of an economic, social, constitutional or cultural bond. This essay proposes a shift in focus to what may be called the political bond, understood as people’s sense of sharing in each other’s predicaments and fate. Although rarely discussing it explicitly, existing approaches generally imply that this bond is uniform across issue-areas. Some of the basic insights of political psychology suggest that this may be an unsustainable assumption, and research will be needed to investigate whether populations perceive the political bond more widely in some issue domains than others, a finding which would have implications for institutional design.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2004 Jonathan P. J. White
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2018 11:34
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2021 00:21

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