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The Link Between Europeanization and Democratization in the Visegrád Group: Young Europeans and the National Context of Euroscepticism

Stallbaum, Lea (2019) The Link Between Europeanization and Democratization in the Visegrád Group: Young Europeans and the National Context of Euroscepticism.

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Abstract:Since their accession to the European Union 15 years ago, several countries of Central and Eastern Europe have faced democratic backsliding and Euroscepticism among the population. In this bachelor thesis, I seek to investigate the implications of the national context for the level of Euroscepticism. Specifically, I look at the young generation in the countries of the Visegrád Group, of which Poland and Hungary are found to show the most serious signs of democratic backsliding. I perform a cross-sectional analysis on the public opinion in 2018, using quantitative data from the Special Eurobarometer 90.1. I investigate the effects of the evaluation of national democracy in terms of satisfaction and perception of responsiveness, as well as the effect of the perception of national benefits, on the level of Euroscepticism in the four countries. The empirical analysis shows that all three independent variables have some explanatory power, with more positive perceptions leading to a lower level of Euroscepticism. In the countries that are facing democratic backsliding, the satisfaction with national democracy does not explain the level of Euroscepticism, implying that the public opinion in these countries follows a different logic.
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/78966
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