Link to the University of Pittsburgh
Link to the University Library SystemContact us link
AEI Banner

"In search of European citizens: A policy preference based approach"

Flickinger, Richard S. and Rhine, Staci L. and Bennett, Linda L. and Bennett, Stephen E. (1997) "In search of European citizens: A policy preference based approach". In: UNSPECIFIED, Seattle, WA. (Unpublished)

Download (1574Kb) | Preview


    We define European citizenship as a set of policy preferences favoring European Union responsibility for functions traditionally seen as being at the core of the nation-state: defense, foreign policy, currency, citizenship. We identify the degree to which such a sense of citizenship exists in each of the member states. (It is highest in Italy, lowest in Denmark). Using data from Eurobarometer 39.0, we then explore the role of knowledge, trust, general attitudes toward European integration, interest in European matters, location in the social structure, and media use patterns in accounting for European citizenship. General support for and interest in European integration are the most potent predictors of European citizenship, followed by trust, ideology, satisfaction with democracy, and knowledge. Variables tapping location in the social structure, e.g., age, gender, and class, as well as indicators of news media exposure, generally have little impact. The explanatory power of the model varies considerably across the EU member countries; performance is strongest in Denmark and weakest in Ireland. We conclude that European citizenship remains principally a product of general attitudes favoring European integration rather than being knowledge or experience-based. However, it is often influenced by country-specific contextual features.

    Export/Citation:EndNote | BibTeX | Dublin Core | ASCII (Chicago style) | HTML Citation | OpenURL
    Social Networking:
    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > europeanisation/europeanization & European identity
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Third Pillar/JHA/PJCC/AFSJ > European citizenship
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1997 (5th), May 29-June 1, 1997
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2007
    Page Range: p. 25
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:23

    Actions (login required)

    View Item

    Document Downloads