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Public Opinion and Internationalized Governance

Oskar Niedermayer and Richard Sinnott


The way in which the citizens of Western Europe are governed is no longer decided on a purely national level. This book is the second in the ‘Beliefs in government’ series, and systematically explores the attitudes of European publics to this internationalization of governance, and examines trends and sources of support for European integration. Are positive attitudes due to hand‐outs from Brussels, or the economic benefits of the single market? What are the roles of class, education, and leadership? Does a European identity and a basic level of intra‐European trust exist? How do problems of s ... More

Keywords: democratic deficit, EFTA, enlargement, EU, NATO, subsidiarity, trust, Western Europe

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Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198294764
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019829476X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Oskar Niedermayer, editor
Free University of Berlin
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Richard Sinnott, editor
University College, Dublin
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1 Introduction

OSkar Niedermayer and Richard Sinnott

Part I Theoretical Perspectives

3 A Typology of Orientations

Oskar Niedermayer and Bettina Westle

Part II Support for European Integration

4 Trends and Contrasts

Oskar Niedermayer

5 Economic Calculus or Familiarity Breeds Content?

Agusti Bosch and Kenneth Newton

8 Europeans and the Nation State

Guido Martinotti and Sonia Stefanizzi

Part III Levels of Legitimacy

9 Is There a European Identity?

Sophie Duchesne and André‐Paul Frognier

12 Democratic Legitimacy and the European Parliament

Oskar Niedermayer and Richard Sinnott

Part IV Enlarging the Scope of Internationalized Governance

13 The View from Within

Bettina Westle

14 The View from EFTA

Frank Aarebrot, Sten Berglund, and Thomas Weninger

15 The View from Central and Eastern Europe

Sten Berglund and Frank Aarebrot with Jadwiga Koralewicz

Part V Conclusion