With growing levels of Euroscepticism across EU member states, grasping the roots of opposition to European integration has become more important than ever. This book charts public perceptions of the European Union in both the EU-15 and the new member states and introduces an identity-based model to explain mass Euroscepticism.
About the Author
LAUREN M. MCLAREN is currently Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the University of Nottingham, UK.
Table of ContentsList of Tables List of Figures List of Acronyms Introduction Opposition to European Integration: The Data Conceptualisation and Measurement Rational Explanations of Support for European Integration Egocentric Utilitarianism Group Conflict Theory and European Integration Symbolic Politics and European Integration: The Role of National Symbols and Identity Pre-Cursors to Group Conflict and Symbolic Threat: Rationality? Attitudes to Policymaking in the EU New Member States, Utilitarianism, Perceived Threat, and Opposition to European Integration Conclusion Notes References Index