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Beliefs in Government$
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Max Kaase and Kenneth Newton

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294726

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294727.001.0001

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International Government

International Government

(p.97) 5 International Government
Beliefs in Government

Max Kaase (Contributor Webpage)

Kenneth Newton (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter is divided into four sections. First, it examines attitudes of support or opposition to three agencies of international government which have the most importance for Western Europeans – the UN, NATO and the EU – and how these attitudes have changed since the early 1950s. Second, it examines the problems of mass ignorance about international affairs, and how this affects the reliability of survey data. Third, it considers the structure of public opinion: whether it is inchoate, or organized coherently around distinct themes. Fourth, it considers the extent to which public is original or derivative, simply echoing elite views.

Keywords:   EU, international government, NATO, public opinion, Western Europe

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