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Who Wants Enlargement of the EU? Support for Enlargement among Elites and Citizens in the European Union


Nissen, Sylke


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Abstract A collective European identity is often mentioned as important for the European Union's future. The article discusses common definitions of collective identity & proposes to add a utilitarian component to the concept. In this respect, political solidarity &, particularly, interest in & support for the coming Eastern enlargement are taken as an indicator of European identity. As a starting point for further discussion on the structure & necessity of European identity, the article examines enlargement support among political actors & citizens in EU countries & demonstrates that support for enlargement is distributed differently on these levels. It is argued that EU elite politics does little to promote the development of a collective European identity & might even get the European integration process into some difficulty.
Klassifikation politische Willensbildung, politische Soziologie, politische Kultur
Freie Schlagwörter European Union; Public Support; Elites; Citizens; Eastern Europe; National Identity
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2003
Seitenangabe S. 757-772
Zeitschriftentitel Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 39 (2003) 6
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; begutachtet
Lizenz Deposit Licence - Keine Weiterverbreitung, keine Bearbeitung