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The European Union and the People$
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Mette Elise Jolly

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199213078

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213078.001.0001

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The demos—empirical analysis

The demos—empirical analysis

(p.157) 6 The demos—empirical analysis
The European Union and the People

Mette Elise Jolly

Oxford University Press

This chapter uses survey data to measure levels of transnational solidarity, awareness of EU-related matters, and public support for the integration process. It seeks to uncover the extent to which people identify with the union as well as the level of interest in transnational political participation. The aim of the empirical analysis is neither to make predictions about outcomes of future referendums nor to explain support or lack of support for European integration. Rather the aim is to offer some pointers as to whether it is realistic to claim that a demos is forming at the EU level. It is concluded that a European demos does not exist and that continued European Union membership does not serve to make citizens feel ‘more European’. Although most citizens are supportive of their country's membership of the union, more than half of the EU citizens would not be particularly sorry if the EU were to be dissolved. However, there are a number of fundamental values which enjoy high levels of support in all member states, most notably a very strong commitment to democracy.

Keywords:   values, national identities, surveys, solidarity, identity, public opinion, indicators

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