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The Further Off from England: British Public Opinion and Europe

Hugh Berrington and Rod Hague

in From the Nation State to Europe

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244034
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599897 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199244030.003.0006
 The Further Off from England: British Public Opinion and Europe

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There has been a lack of analytical rigour in evaluating the historical pattern of British public opinion regarding association with Europe. An excellent framework for such evaluation was provided by the American political scientist V.O. Key, in his book, Public opinion and American democracy (1961), which focused on five issues: first, the patterns of distribution of public opinion, as between consensus and discord; second, the structural distribution, in terms of social and geographical cleavages; third, the properties of opinions, or the intensity with they are held; fourth, the manner in which the formation of opinions takes place; fifth, their linkages with government policy. The chapter attempts a preliminary application of Key's schematic to the British case.

Keywords: EU; Key; public opinion; UK

Chapter.  11818 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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