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Fiscal redistribution and public support for European integration
Leiden University.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
(English)In: European Union Politics, ISSN 1465-1165, E-ISSN 1741-2757, no 16:3, 386-407 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

This article contributes to existing debates on public opinion towards European integration by examining when and why fiscal transfers and public support are systematically related. Drawing on economic and identity-related theories, we develop and test hypotheses about the links between EU fiscal transfers among countries and subnational jurisdictions, and citizens’ support for European integration. Using a three-level analysis of residents in 143 regions in 16 EU member states, we find a positive effect of EU transfers among both countries and subnational jurisdictions on support for European integration among those with a European communal identity. We also find that this effect increases the more politically aware individuals are. The article sketches the broader implications of our findings for public opinion research on regional integration beyond the European Union.

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no 16:3, 386-407 p.
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-113080OAI: diva2:782840
EU, European Research Council, 200971 DII
Available from: 2015-01-22 Created: 2015-01-22 Last updated: 2015-08-21Bibliographically approved

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