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European Integration and Supranational Governance$
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Wayne Sandholtz and Alec Stone Sweet

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0198294646.001.0001

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Citizen Support for Policy Integration

Citizen Support for Policy Integration

(p.250) 9 Citizen Support for Policy Integration
European Integration and Supranational Governance

Russell J. Dalton (Contributor Webpage)

Richard C. Eichenberg (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Examines the role of public opinion as a societal actor in the European integration process, analysing its evolution from comparative insignificance only a decade ago, when the research focus was largely on intergovernmental mechanisms and drivers, to its current salience. The change is partly due to heightened recognition by analysts of the role of public opinion in shaping government policy preferences, and partly because the process of European integration has reached down more searchingly into ordinary citizens’ concerns. The research presented in this chapter therefore examines the patterns of citizen support for the integration process, focusing on specific issue areas such as health, environment, and defence, and on the extent to which European public opinion feels that responsibility in these sectors should be transferred from national governments to the European Union.

Keywords:   European integration, European Union, public opinion

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