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Title Citizens and the European polity : mass attitudes towards the European and national polities / edited by David Sanders, Pedro Magalhães, Gábor Tóka
Edition 1st ed
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (1 volume) : illustrations
Series Intuie
Contents ""Cover""; ""Contents""; ""List of Illustrations""; ""List of Tables""; ""List of Contributors""; ""List of Abbreviations""; ""1. Introduction: Citizens and the European Polity""; ""2. The Determinants of Democracy Satisfaction in Europe""; ""3. Informal Political Engagement in Europe, 1975�2007""; ""4. Ideological Polarization: Different Worlds in East and West""; ""5. Electoral Turnout at National and European Levels""; ""6. But Still It Does Not Move: Functional and Identity-Based Determinants of European Identity""
""7. Trust in the European Parliament: From Affective Heuristics to Rational Cueing""""8. Support for European Integration""; ""9. Europe à la Carte? Public Support for Policy Integration in an Enlarged European Union""; ""10. Summary and Conclusions: Europe in Equilibrium�Unresponsive Inertia or Vibrant Resilience?""; ""Appendices""; ""References""; ""Index""; ""A""; ""B""; ""C""; ""D""; ""E""; ""F""; ""G""; ""H""; ""I""; ""J""; ""K""; ""L""; ""M""; ""N""; ""O""; ""P""; ""Q""; ""R""; ""S""; ""T""; ""U""; ""V""; ""W""; ""Y""; ""Z""
Summary This book provides a broad overview of the main trends in mass attitudes towards domestic politics and European integration from the 1970s until today. Particularly in the last two decades, the "end of the permissive consensus" around European integration has forced analysts to place public opinion at the centre of their concerns. The book faces this challenge head on, and the overview it provides goes well beyond the most commonly used indicators. On the one hand, it shows howintegration's deepening and enlargement involved polities and societies whose fundamental traits in terms of political culture - regime support, political engagement, ideological polarization - have remained anything but static or homogeneous. On the other hand, it addresses systematically what Scharpf(1999) has long identified as the main sources of the democratic deficits of the EU: the lack of a sense of collective identity, the lack of a Europe-wide structure for political accountability, and the lack of recognition of the EU as a legitimate political authority. In other words, it focuses on the fundamental dimensions of how Europeans relate to the EU: identity (the sense of an "European political community"; representation (the perception that European elites and institutions articulatecitizens' interests and are responsive to them); and policy scope (the legitimacy awarded to the EU as a proper locus of policy-making). It does so by employing a cohesive theoretical framework derived from the entire IntUne project, survey and macro-social data encompassing all EU member countries, and state-of-the-art methods. The IntUne series is edited by Maurizio Cotta and Pierangelo IserniaIn a moment in which the EU is facing an important number of social, economic, political and cultural challenges, and its legitimacy and democratic capacities are increasingly questioned, it seems particularly important to address the issue of if and how EU citizenship is taking shape. This series intends to address this complex issue. It reports the main results of a quadrennial Europe-wide research project, financed under the 6th Framework Programme of the EU. That programme has studied thechanges in the scope, nature and characteristics of citizenship presently underway as a result of the process of deepening and enlargement of the European Union. The INTUNE Project - Integrated and United: A Quest for Citizenship in an Ever Closer Europe - is one of the most recent and ambitious research attempts to empirically study how citizenship is changing in Europe. The Project lasted four years (2005-2009) and it involved 30 of the most distinguished European universities and research centres, with more than 100 senior and junior scholars as well as several dozen graduate students working on it. It had as its main focus an examination of howintegration and decentralization processes, at both the national and European level, are affecting three major dimensions of citizenship: identity, representation, and scope of governance. It looked, in particular, at the relationships between political, social and economic elites, the general public, policy experts and the media, whose interactions nurture the dynamics of collective political identity, political legitimacy, representation, and standards of performan
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject European Union -- Public opinion
European Union.
International economic integration -- Public opinion.
LAW -- International.
Politics and government -- Public opinion.
Public opinion.
European Union countries -- Economic integration -- Public opinion
European Union countries -- Politics and government -- Public opinion
European Union countries.
Form Electronic book
Author Magalhães, Pedro.
Sanders, David, 1950-
Tóka, Gábor.
ISBN 0191611557