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EU Legitimacy and Social Affiliation: A case study of engineers in Europe

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  • Jan Gunnarsson

    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

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Analyses of European governance usually put the member states in the foreground, placing the citizens in the background. This article brings explanations of EU legitimacy down to the level of individuals. A method is suggested that combines explanations based on individual interests and a sociological approach to identity. The paper investigates how work organisations become levers for a European outlook that may release legitimising from its national context. The individual level analysis is carried out for one particular occupational group (engineers) and the research questions are elucidated by case studies.

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  • Jan Gunnarsson, 2008. "EU Legitimacy and Social Affiliation: A case study of engineers in Europe," Discussion Papers 08-22, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:kud:kuiedp:0822
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    Keywords

    social capital; social identity; civil society; open methods of coordination;

    JEL classification:

    • H70 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - General
    • L50 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - General

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