Euroscepticism: Images of Europe Among Mass Publics and Political Elites

Barbara Budrich Publishers, 2009 - 299 pages
In Europe, citizens and politicians alike have developed increasingly skeptical views towards the European Union. This book examines the degree of "euroscepticism" in the different Member States. The book detects possible sources and, on these grounds, offers perspectives for further discussion of positive development of the European Union. Contents include: European Cleavage, Euroscepticism and Support of the EU . Images of Europe - The Meaning and Perception of 'Europe' by Citizens of EU Member States . The Intellectual Discourse of European Identity - Conclusions from a German-French Comparison . How Does Income Influence National and European Identity? . Have They Gone Too Far? Attitudes towards the Transfer of Politics on the EU-Level . Cognitive Mobilization, Knowledge and Efficacy as Determinants of Euroscepticism . Perceptions of the EU and Euroscepticism in Russia . Euroscepticism and the Mass Media . Right Wing Parties and Euroscepticism in France and Germany . Euroscepticism and Party System Change - Bulgaria, Romania and the Czech Republic . The Impact of European Policies on National Political Parties.

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