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Living Rev. Euro. Gov. 3 (2008), 1

Public perceptions of the EU as a system of governance

1 School of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ
2 University of Kansas, Department of Political Science, Department of Political Science, 1541 Lilac Lane, 504 Blake, Lawrence, KS 66044, USA

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Article Abstract

Since its inception, the European Union has stimulated many vigorous debates. This Living Review provides a state of the field perspective on the academic work that has been done to address the question of the perceptions of the European Union as a system of governance. It takes a broad scope in assessing the efforts of scholars and highlights significant theoretical and empirical contributions as well as identifying potential avenues for research. In order to understand perceptions of the EU, scholars have employed national-level frameworks of popular support, particularly partisanship and instrumental self-interest. As the number of members has increased, further research has taken a broader scope to include national identity, institutions, and attitudes regarding the normative and empirical function of both national and EU institutions. Additional works address political intermediaries such as parties, media, and elites. Finally, all of the works are fundamentally concerned with the supportive popular sentiment that underpins the EU’s legitimacy as a political institution. While there are far more works that can be practically included in this Living Review, we have attempted to construct an overview based on the dimensions that define this research as set out by significant contributions at the core of this literature.

Keywords: political science, enlargement, public opinion, legitimacy, governance

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ORIGINAL http://europeangovernance-livingreviews.org/Articles/lreg-2008-1
Title Public perceptions of the EU as a system of governance
Author Matthew Loveless / Robert Rohrschneider
Date accepted 28 March 2008, published 21 May 2008
UPDATE http://europeangovernance-livingreviews.org/Articles/lreg-2011-2
Title Public perceptions of the EU as a system of governance
Author Matthew Loveless / Robert Rohrschneider
Date accepted 28 November 2011, published 16 December 2011
Changes This Living Review was substantially updated by adding 19 references, expanding several paragraphs to reflect new developments in the field, and including several new examples of recent contributions to this literature. In addition, a paragraph was inserted to incorporate the growing body of multi-level analysis that addresses the systematic inclusion of country characteristics as part of mass attitudes towards the EU. Further, there is a new discussion outlining developments in the literature concerning new member stats.
Date accepted 4 February 2013, published 14 March 2013
Changes This Living Review was revised by adding six references on current research.

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