Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Public Opinion and Internationalized Governance$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Oskar Niedermayer and Richard Sinnott

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294764

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019829476X.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 21 September 2018

Support for Integration: Élite or Mass‐Driven?

Support for Integration: Élite or Mass‐Driven?

(p.137) 7 Support for Integration: Élite or Mass‐Driven?
Public Opinion and Internationalized Governance

Bernhard Wessels

Oxford University Press

The general question addressed in this chapter is whether or not support for the European Community among the mass public is generated by elite action. More precisely, it asks whether opinion flow and opinion formation concerning the EC function according to the cascade model proposed by Deutsch. Its empirical findings provide evidence for a cascade model by showing that the development of support is more congruent between opinion leaders and the highly attentive publics than between opinion leaders and the less attentive strata of society. In the second stage of the analysis, the chapter employs a dynamic model to show that generating support for the EC follows the logic of the normal political process, with stages of articulation, aggregation, and output.

Keywords:   cascade model, Deutsch, European Community, public opinion

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .