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Preference formation of EU Member States towards the Central and Eastern European enlargement: A causal explanatory research on the restriction of freedom of labour movement

Pricken, P. (2014) Preference formation of EU Member States towards the Central and Eastern European enlargement: A causal explanatory research on the restriction of freedom of labour movement.

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Abstract:In the enlargement of the EU, some Member States decided to restrict the free movement of new EU workers for a transitional period. Focusing on the fifth enlargement wave, this thesis aims at finding factors having impact on the decision to restrict free labour movement. Under study are the variables national political party ideology in office, public opinion and unemployment rate of the Member States. A small-N Qualitative Comparative Analysis with a crisp data set was conducted. A cross-sectional analysis controlled the persistence of the factors’ constellation during both Central and Eastern European rounds of enlargement in 2004 and 2007. The attributes that were expected to be likely to result in restrictions were traditional, authoritarian and nationalistic (TAN) ideology, a net disagreement towards the statement on enlarging the EU and unemployment rate higher than EU-15 average. The findings indicate that net disagreement of the public opinion and a high unemployment rate are causing restrictions. Additionally, the consistency and coverage for being a necessary condition is above thresholds for all combinations under study except for the absence of TAN, absence of net disagreement together with presence of high unemployment.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/66210
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