Developing Operational Measures of the Explanatory Variables

Corina Wagner, Markus Steinbrecher and Hans Rattinger

in The Europeanization of National Polities?

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199602346
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739163 | DOI:

Series: IntUne

Developing Operational Measures of the Explanatory Variables

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This chapter describes the main explanatory variables (and associated measures) that are employed in subsequent chapters as independent, control, or intervening variables. The chapter presents a typology of explanatory variables based on four main theoretical approaches – cognitive mobilization, ‘hard’ instrumental rationality, ‘soft’ cueing rationality, and affective-identitarian. It shows how these sometimes competing and sometimes complementary theoretical positions can be effectively operationalised in terms of a set of exogenous variables that are employed in subsequent chapters to explain variations both in EU identity, representation and scope, and in EU support and engagement. Both individual level ‘micro’ variables, which measure political attitudes and behaviour, and ‘macro’ variables that describe the diversity of social of political contexts comprising the European Union, are analysed and their variance across Europe examined.

Keywords: cognitive mobilization; Hard Instrumental Rationality; Soft Cueing Rationality; Affective-Identity

Chapter.  8796 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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