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Trends and Contrasts

Oskar Niedermayer

in Public Opinion and Internationalized Governance

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294764
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600005 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019829476X.003.0004

Series: Beliefs in Government

 Trends and Contrasts

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Before one can embark on an analysis of the factors which affect public support for European Community integration, one must take a high‐level view of the main trends in such support. This is the primary purpose of this chapter. It also examines some of the macro‐level hypotheses which have been put forward to explain variations in public opinion between countries. It concludes with a discussion of the impact on public opinion of one particularly salient event: the signing of the Maastricht Treaty.

Keywords: European Community; integration; Maastricht Treaty; public opinion

Chapter.  6091 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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