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Is There a European Identity?

Sophie Duchesne and André‐Paul Frognier

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.003.0009

Series: Beliefs in Government

 Is There a European Identity?

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This chapter focuses on how far citizens of member‐states of the European Community consider themselves as belonging to a distinct political entity. Specifically, it focuses on the relationship between different levels of ‘belonging’, from the local to the European, and even the world level, and on the feeling of being a ‘European citizen’ or a ‘European’. The empirical evidence provided by ‘Eurobarometer’ public opinion survey data indicates clearly that it is too early to speak of the internationalization of identities. For the present, a ‘European identity’ is a vanguard phenomenon.

Keywords: Eurobarometer; European Community; European identity; international identity; national identity; public opinion

Chapter.  10959 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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