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Euroscepticism as Anti-Centralization : A Rational Choice Institutionalist Perspective

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Abstract From a rational choice institutionalist perspective, Euroscepticism is little more than a set of preferences by citizens, parties and interest groups about institutional design in Europe. If actors’ expect policy outcomes to move closer to their ideal positions as a result of European integration, they will be Euro-enthusiastic (as many centrists are). But, if they feel that policies will move further away from their ideal positions, they will be Eurosceptic (as many extremists are). This simple idea has broad historical and geographical relevance, relating to how actors view the design of multilevel polities, and how these institutional preferences change in response to policy outcomes of the central institutions.
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; European Politics
Free Keywords Euroscepticism; institutionalism; public opinion; rational choice;
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 131-150
Journal European Union Politics, 8 (2007) 1
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)