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Images of Europeans: In-Group Trust and Support for European Integration

Genna, Gaspare M. (2009) Images of Europeans: In-Group Trust and Support for European Integration. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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    Prior research on citizen support for European integration does not consider how individuals’ evaluations of European nationalities are associated with support. This paper fills this gap by developing a political cohesion model based on social identity theory. I claim that the probability of supporting integration increases with greater levels of trust in fellow Europeans, which assumes to reflect their positive images. Also, trust in northern EU nationalities improves the probability for support, more so than trust in the southern nationalities due to the latters’ lower economic development. Controlling for various factors, the ordered logistic regression analysis of five Eurobarometer surveys data from 1980-1994 among the first 12 EU members support these claims.

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    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 > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > historical development of EC (pre-1986)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2009 (11th), April 23-25, 2009
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2013 16:54
    Number of Pages: 33
    Last Modified: 08 Jan 2013 16:58

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