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The Europeanization of National Polities?Citizenship and Support in a Post-Enlargement Union$
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David Sanders, Paolo Bellucci, Gábor Tóka, and Mariano Torcal

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199602346

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602346.001.0001

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The Scope of Government of the European Union: Explaining Citizens’ Support for a More Powerful EU

The Scope of Government of the European Union: Explaining Citizens’ Support for a More Powerful EU

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(p.113) 6 The Scope of Government of the European Union: Explaining Citizens’ Support for a More Powerful EU
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The Europeanization of National Polities?
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Pedro C. Magalhães

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602346.003.0006

This chapter discusses our third dimension of EU citizenship – Scope of Government. It analyses people’s perceptions of and expectations for current and further EU policy-making capacity. It argues that Scope captures mainly a political, prospective and input-oriented dimension of citizenship. Accordingly, instrumental rationality – perceptions of the costs and benefits of EU membership – should have little impact on people’s attitudes towards the Scope of EU government. Rather, attitudes towards Scope should be driven mainly by political and identitarian factors. The analysis shows that domestic political cues, confidence in EU institutions, and feelings of (exclusive) national identity are strong individual level predictors of Scope of government attitudes. Their impact is reinforced by system-level factors, such as domestic polarisation over EU integration and the quality of government at the national level.

Keywords:   Scope of Government, National identity, Domestic political cues, policy-making, domestic polarization, EU integration

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