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Does Political Knowledge Increase Support for Europe? A Cross Country Investigation of the Attitudes of European Citizens

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  • Floriana Cerniglia
  • Laura Pagani

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We study the impact of political knowledge on the attitudes of European citizens towards the possible distribution of responsibilities between European level institutions and national governments in three policy areas: foreign policy, defence and immigration policy. The hypothesis tested is that if citizens are not knowledgeable about how the EU works, they are more likely to be wrong about the consequences of a mismatch in the allocation of competences. In order to identify the causal effect of political knowledge on attitudes we use an instrumental variables approach. The results show that more informed citizens have a considerably higher probability of being in favour of the process of EU integration.

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  • Floriana Cerniglia & Laura Pagani, 2011. "Does Political Knowledge Increase Support for Europe? A Cross Country Investigation of the Attitudes of European Citizens," CESifo Working Paper Series 3369, CESifo Group Munich.
  • Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_3369
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    1. George Gelauff & Arjan Lejour & I. Grilo, 2008. "Subsidiarity and economic reform in Europe," CPB Special Publication 73, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
    2. Floriana Cerniglia & Laura Pagani, 2009. "The European Union and the Member States: An Empirical Analysis of Europeans' Preferences for Competences Allocation," CESifo Economic Studies, CESifo, vol. 55(1), pages 197-232, March.
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    Keywords

    European Union; information; attitudes; political economy;

    JEL classification:

    • H70 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - General
    • D80 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - General

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