The Europeanization of National Polities?: Citizenship and Support in a Post-Enlargement Union

Hardcover | May 8, 2012

EditorDavid Sanders, Paolo Bellucci, Gabor Toka

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The central concern ofThe Europeanization of National Polities? is to know and describe how far EU 'legal' citizens feel that they are actually part of a functioning European political system and how much they think of themselves as EU citizens. The authors report evidence of the levels ofEuropean identity, sense of EU representation and preferences for EU policy scope among European mass publics, which are the main dimensions of EU citizenship. The analysis uses a new comparative dataset on EU attitudes derived from a survey in 16 EU countries plus Serbia in 2007. This study shows that, despite initial expectations, levels of European identity, sense of EU representation, and preferences for EU policy scope among European mass publics did not display a strong trend in any particular direction during the period between 1975 and 2007. However, there areinteresting variations in these measures of EU citizenship both across individuals and across countries that are described and explained by reference to a series of relevant hypotheses. The book pays particular attention to the inter-linkages among the three dimensions of citizenship itself. EUidentity, representation and scope are all reciprocally related, but the representation dimension is key to the development of a generalised sense of a sense of citizenship at the EU level. This in turn places a significant premium on the need to address popular doubts about the EU's 'democraticdeficit'.

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The central concern ofThe Europeanization of National Polities? is to know and describe how far EU 'legal' citizens feel that they are actually part of a functioning European political system and how much they think of themselves as EU citizens. The authors report evidence of the levels ofEuropean identity, sense of EU representation ...

Paolo Bellucci has published articles and books on political behaviour. He serves in the Board of Societa Italiana di Scienza Politica (SISP), of ITANES (Italian National Election Study), and is chairman of the SISP standing group on Public Opinion and Political Behaviour. Principal co-investigator of the 2006 and 2008 Italian Nation...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pagesPublished:May 8, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199602344

ISBN - 13:9780199602346

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1. Paolo Bellucci, David Sanders, Gabor Toka, Mariano Torcal: Introduction: Antecedents and Consequences of European Citizenship2. David Sanders, Paolo Bellucci, Gabor Toka, and Mariano Torcal: Conceptualising and Measuring European Citizenship and Engagement3. Corina Wagner, Markus Steinbrecher, Hans Rattinger: Towards Explanation: Developing Operational Measures of the Explanatory Variables4. Paolo Bellucci, David Sanders, Fabio Serricchio: Explaining European Identity5. Mariano Torcal, Eduard Bonet, Marina Costa Lobo: Institutional Trust and Responsiveness in the EU6. Pedro C. Magalhaes: The Scope of Government of the European Union: Explaining Citizens' Support for a More Powerful EU7. Gabor Toka, Andrija Henjak, Radoslaw Markowski: Explaining Support for European Integration8. Markus Steinbrecher, Hans Rattinger: Explaining Turnout in European Parliament Election9. David Sanders, Paolo Bellucci, and Gabor Toka: Towards an Integrated Model of EU Citizenship and Support10. David Sanders, Paolo Bellucci, Gabor Toka, and Mariano Torcal: ConclusionsAppendix: Sampling and Data, Variable Description, Data Weighting and Missing Value Imputation