Economics and the Vulnerability of the Pan-European Institutions

Economics and the Vulnerability of the Pan-European Institutions Political Behavior, Vol. 19, No. 1, 1997 ECONOMICS AND THE VULNERABILITY OF THE PAN-EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS Raymond Duch and Michaell Taylor Because of the dramatic political changes that have occurred over the past decade there is significant interest in understanding the dynamics of citizen support for nascent democratic institutions. The success of the new de- mocracies of the former communist regimes is a case in point. And in West- ern Europe, of course, there is considerable interest in understanding the dynamics of popular support for the rapidly changing institutions of the Euro- pean Union. One of the common themes found in these studies is the impor- tance of economic factors in shaping mass support for these new institutions. Duch (1995) has argued that in the context of new postcommunist regimes this relationship is often exaggerated and to some extent misspecified. We raise a similar concern with respect to the institutions of the European Union. We do not deny that economic considerations shape mass attitudes regarding the European Union. Rather we argue for a more careful specifica- tion of how economic outcomes are shaped by the European Union and hence how self-interested citizens are likely to incorporate economic out- comes into Political Behavior Springer Journals

Economics and the Vulnerability of the Pan-European Institutions

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright © 1997 by Plenum Publishing Corporation
Political Science and International Relations; Political Science; Sociology, general
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