Europe Divided?: Elites vs. Public Opinion on European Integration

Hooghe, Liesbet (April 2003) Europe Divided?: Elites vs. Public Opinion on European Integration. Former Series > Working Paper Series > IHS Political Science Series 88


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Abstract: This article compares preferences for Europeanizing thirteen policies among European elites, national elites, and public opinion. Elites are more willing to cede national authority in sovereignty areas, but citizens are more favorable to EU social policies. Are there contrasting logics at work? The answer is two-sided. Elites and public preferences are similar in that both are least enthusiastic about Europeanizing high-spending policies. Here is a common distributional logic: shifting authority could de-stabilize vested interests. However, as the single market intensifies labor market volatility, the public seeks to contain this distributional risk through selectively Europeanizing market-flanking policies. In contrast, elite preferences are consistent with a functional rationale, which conceives European integration as an optimal solution for internalizing externalities beyond the national state.;

Item Type: IHS Series
Keywords: 'Europäische Integration' 'Distribution' 'Funktionalität' 'Öffentliche Meinung' 'Politische Ökonomie' 'European integration' 'Functionality' 'Public opinion' 'Political economy'
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 10:37
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 06:30
ISBN: 1605-8003

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