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Legitimacy and Participation

Jean Blondel, Richard Sinnott and Palle Svensson

in People and Parliament in the European Union

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780198293088
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598814 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198293089.003.0003
 Legitimacy and Participation

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Analyses the trends in support of European integration using the four standard Eurobarometer indicators (dissolution, benefits, membership, and unification). The chapter also examines preferences regarding the scope of European‐level decision‐making, preferences regarding the development of a United States of Europe and satisfaction with democracy at the European and national level. Finally, the chapter examines, on a bivariate basis, the evidence of the relationships (if any) between the variables considered in the chapter and the types of electoral participation/abstention outlined in Ch. 2.

Keywords: abstention; benefits; democracy; dissolution; membership; participation; support for European integration; turnout; unification; United States of Europe

Chapter.  9980 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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