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17:30 - 19:00 6 March 2014
Plus Ca Change: The Evolution of Public Support for European Integration Since 1952
AV Hill Lecture Theatre |
Medical Sciences and Anatomy Building
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom
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Christopher Anderson, Professor of Government, Cornell University, Christopher works at the intersections of political science, economics, and sociology. His research focuses on contextual models of human action. Such models view individuals as nested in a variety of social, economic, and political environments that shape and constrain their behavior. In the areas of political economy and political sociology, he studies how differences in macro-political contexts across countries shape people’s cognition and action. He has long been interested in popular consent and inequality in democracies and has written on the popularity of governments, the legitimacy of political institutions, and the link between welfare states and citizen behavior.
Despite a proliferation of analyses of public support for European integration, fundamental questions remain about what Europeans think about the integration project and process. This talk examines public opinion data since the genesis of the integration project to determine if there really are separable dimensions of support for Europe, whether public preferences for Europe become more structured as the integration process has evolved, and whether the trajectory of public support for integration reveals more stability or change. Analyses suggest that attitudes toward Europe reflect a single underlying dimension, and that the content of this dimension is stable over time. Moreover, statistical tests reveal that, over the long historical run, support for Europe is characterized by limited fluctuations around a stable mean in most countries.
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