Chapter

The View from Within

Bettina Westle

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.003.0013

Series: Beliefs in Government

 The View from Within

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This chapter examines the nature and extent of public representation on the issue of European Community enlargement. The evidence shows show public opinion is poorly informed and weakly consulted, and that the process of enlargement has been exclusively a matter for political elites. The citizens of member states have never been asked by their governments whether or not they want other countries admitted. Neither the prospective membership of a specific country nor the tension between deepening and widening have emerged as issues in public debate or as major differences between political parties. The situation has a considerable effect on theoretical expectations regarding the territorial dimension of the EC.

Keywords: enlargement; European Community; public opinion

Chapter.  10768 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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