Europeans and the Nation State

Guido Martinotti and Sonia Stefanizzi

in Public Opinion and Internationalized Governance

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294764
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600005 | DOI:

Series: Beliefs in Government

 Europeans and the Nation State

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This chapter examines the relationship between public perceptions of government legitimacy (or satisfaction with democratic performance) at the national level and those at the supranational level, namely support for the European Community. The results are complex and not straightforward, and reveal a wide range of historical and contextual factors. From this perspective, the legitimacy of internationalized governance depends as much on what happens within nation states as on what happens between them.

Keywords: European Community; government legitimacy; public opinion

Chapter.  7673 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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