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Public Support for Enlargement: Economic, Cultural, or Normative?


  • Hazama, Yasushi


The current research questioned whether public opinion on enlargement can be adequately explained only by economic calculation and cultural/community identity. When the analytical viewpoint was expanded from the conventional individual level to state level, it was revealed that constructivist considerations-such as the democratization and reunification of Europe-play a critical role in pushing forward enlargement. Drawing on the perspective of international relations, this study introduced a synthetic model to analyze public opinion on enlargement in the EU's 15 old member states. The analysis using a Eurobarometer dataset showed that on public support for enlargement, constructivist attitudes held as much sway as cultural/community attitudes. In fact, expectations of democratization were the most important determinant of support for enlargement in the case of Turkey.

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  • Hazama, Yasushi, 2007. "Public Support for Enlargement: Economic, Cultural, or Normative?," IDE Discussion Papers 107, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
  • Handle: RePEc:jet:dpaper:dpaper107

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    EU; Enlargement; Public opinion; Turkey; International economic integration; 拡大; 世論; トルコ; 国際経済統合;

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    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration

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