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Mapping EU Attitudes: Conceptual and Empirical Dimensions of Euroscepticism and EU Support

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  • Hajo G. Boomgaarden

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    (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

  • Andreas R. T. Schuck

    (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

  • Matthijs Elenbaas

    (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

  • Claes H. de Vreese

    (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

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    Abstract

    Public attitudes towards the European Union (EU) are at the heart of a growing body of research. The nature, structure and antecedents of these attitudes, however, are in need of conceptual and empirical refinement. With growing diversification of the policies of the Union, a one-dimensional approach to attitudes towards the EU may be insufficient. This study reviews existing approaches towards theorizing EU public opinion. Based on this inventory, originally collected public opinion survey data (n = 1394) indicate the presence of five dimensions of EU attitudes: performance, identity, affection, utilitarianism and strengthening. The study furthermore shows that different predictors of EU public opinion matter to differing extents when explaining these dimensions. In light of these findings, we suggest tightening the link, conceptually and empirically, between attitudinal dimensions and their antecedents.

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    Article provided by in its journal European Union Politics.

    Volume (Year): 12 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 2 (June)
    Pages: 241-266

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    Handle: RePEc:sae:eeupol:v:12:y:2011:i:2:p:241-266

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    Keywords: Affection; Euroscepticism; EU attitudes; multidimensionality; public opinion;

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    1. Beaudonnet, Laurie and Danilo Di Mauro, 2012. "Support for Europe: Assessing the complexity of individual attitudes," European Integration online Papers (EIoP), European Community Studies Association Austria (ECSA-A), European Community Studies Association Austria (ECSA-A), vol. 16, 02.

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