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European Integration: Partisan Motives or Economic Benefits?

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  • Patricia Esteve-González
  • Bernd Theilen

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In this paper we examine the influence of economic factors on partisan support for European integration over the last three decades. We find that partisan support is larger in ‘poorer’ countries with direct economic benefits from EU membership. On the other hand, parties in countries affected by the Maastricht criteria are more Euro-sceptical. We also find weak evidence for larger partisan support in countries with more developed welfare states, and that the support for European integration fluctuates in parallel with the business cycle. Finally, our results indicate that the importance of economic factors in determining partisan support for European integration has grown in recent periods.

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  • Patricia Esteve-González & Bernd Theilen, 2014. "European Integration: Partisan Motives or Economic Benefits?," LEQS – LSE 'Europe in Question' Discussion Paper Series 71, European Institute, LSE.
  • Handle: RePEc:eiq:eileqs:71
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    Keywords

    European Integration; Partisan Ideology; Maastricht Criteria; European Budget; Benefits from Trade;

    JEL classification:

    • F42 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Policy Coordination and Transmission
    • F53 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Agreements and Observance; International Organizations
    • F55 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Institutional Arrangements
    • H60 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - General

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