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Projecting EU Referendums : fear of immigration and support for European integration

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Vreese, Claes H. de; Boomgaarden, Hajo G.

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Abstract This study tests competing hypotheses about public support for European integration and projects referendum voting behaviour. It emphasizes anti-immigration sentiments as a key variable for understanding reluctance about integration. Drawing on survey data, it is shown that anti-immigration sentiments, economic considerations and the evaluation of domestic governments are the strongest predictors of both attitudinal support for integration and individuals’ propensity to vote ‘yes’ in a referendum on the enlargement of the European Union (EU).
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; European Politics
Free Keywords attitudes towards immigrants; public opinion; referendums; support for European integration;
Document language English
Publication Year 2005
Page/Pages p. 59-82
Journal European Union Politics, 6 (2005) 1
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)