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Consonant Federalism?: The Role of Federalism on Exclusive Identity and Euroskepticism

Miller, Jennifer. (2007) Consonant Federalism?: The Role of Federalism on Exclusive Identity and Euroskepticism. In: UNSPECIFIED, Montreal, Canada. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    This paper examines the effects of subnational identities on Euroskepticism, or opposition to the EU. It posits that citizens in federations are accustomed to balancing a subnational identity and a national identity and will be likely to support EU integration. This hypothesis is tested by gauging individual-level feelings on integration based on residence in a federal, quasi-federal, or unitary state. The results show that while federalism is positively correlated with multiple identities, individuals with a single identity who live in a federation are more Euroskeptic than their counterparts in unitary states. These findings suggest that federalism can either be a response to parochialism or that people in federations may resent the EU for allowing regions with secessionist movements autonomy from the central state.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Sub-national identities.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > governance: EU & national level
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > europeanisation/europeanization & European identity
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > governance: EU & national level > subnational/regional/territorial
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2007 (10th), May 17-19, 2007
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2008
    Page Range: p. 38
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:51
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/7978

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