Experiencing European Integration: Transnational Lives and European Identity

Hardcover | March 18, 2015

byTheresa Kuhn

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European integration has generated a wide array of economic, political, and social opportunities beyond the nation state. European citizens are free to obtain their academic degree in Germany, earn their money in London, invest it in Luxembourg, and retire to Spain. An early theorist ofEuropean integration, Karl Deutsch expected this development to promote a collective identity and public support for European integration: by interacting across borders, Europeans would become aware of their shared values and beliefs, and eventually acquire a common "we feeling". Experiencing European Integration puts these expectations under scrutiny by developing a comprehensive theoretical model that helps us understand how transnational interactions relate to orientations towards European integration. An extensive analysis of survey data covering the 27 EU member statesprovides a thorough empirical test of transactionalist hypotheses. Findings show that individual transnationalism indeed strongly and positively influences EU support, but that only a young, wealthy, and highly educated minority take part in cross-border interactions. The book further shows that theeffectiveness of transnational interactions in generating EU support is contingent on a number of factors such as their purpose and scope. Importantly, increased transnational interactions result in negative externalities among those who do not become transnationally active themselves. By discussingthe implications of transnationalism for the theoretical debate and current policy, this volume will provide a unique analysis of a key dynamic of European integration.

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European integration has generated a wide array of economic, political, and social opportunities beyond the nation state. European citizens are free to obtain their academic degree in Germany, earn their money in London, invest it in Luxembourg, and retire to Spain. An early theorist ofEuropean integration, Karl Deutsch expected this d...

Theresa Kuhn is assistant professor in political science at the University of Amsterdam. Previously, Theresa Kuhn held a postdoctoral research fellowship at Nuffield College, Oxford, and worked as lecturer at Free University Berlin. She obtained her PhD from the European University Institute, Florence, and has held visiting positions a...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.77 inPublished:March 18, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199688915

ISBN - 13:9780199688913

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Transnationalism3. Linking Transnationalism to Citizen Orientations towards European Integration4. Being and Feeling European: The Effect of Individual Transnationalism on EU Support and European Identity5. The Social Stratification of Individual Transnationalism in Europe6. Transactionalist Theory Under Further Empirical Scrutiny: Purpose and Scope of Interactions7. The Janus Face of Increated Transactions8. Conclusion: Transnational Europhiles, Local Eurosceptics