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Determining EU citizens' support for European integration

Irmen, J. (2017) Determining EU citizens' support for European integration.

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Abstract:The European integration process is at the crossroads. Should the Member states intensify the efforts to unify or back off from further integrative steps? This paper seeks to contribute to this discourse in pointing out what determines citizens’ support for the European integration, and ultimately legitimates the Union’s governance regime. By using recent Eurobarometer data from November 2016, the support for European integrative policies is regressed on various individual-level factors that have been identified by previous authors to influence the public opinion towards European integration. The analysis shows that citizens may mutually benefit from European integration despite of different socio-economic backgrounds. Still, policy-makers must ensure that integrative efforts actually hold tangible utility for individual citizens. In addition, the analysis contributes to previous research in refining the empirical model that is used to depict the causal relationships between the respective variables.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
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