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The Scope of Government of the European Union: Explaining Citizens’ Support for a More Powerful EU

Pedro C. Magalhães

in The Europeanization of National Polities?

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199602346
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739163 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602346.003.0006

Series: IntUne

The Scope of Government of the European Union: Explaining Citizens’ Support for a More Powerful EU

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This chapter discusses our third dimension of EU citizenship – Scope of Government. It analyses people’s perceptions of and expectations for current and further EU policy-making capacity. It argues that Scope captures mainly a political, prospective and input-oriented dimension of citizenship. Accordingly, instrumental rationality – perceptions of the costs and benefits of EU membership – should have little impact on people’s attitudes towards the Scope of EU government. Rather, attitudes towards Scope should be driven mainly by political and identitarian factors. The analysis shows that domestic political cues, confidence in EU institutions, and feelings of (exclusive) national identity are strong individual level predictors of Scope of government attitudes. Their impact is reinforced by system-level factors, such as domestic polarisation over EU integration and the quality of government at the national level.

Keywords: Scope of Government; National identity; Domestic political cues; policy-making; domestic polarization; EU integration

Chapter.  10331 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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