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Public Opinion and Internationalized Governance$
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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

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Support for Integration: Élite or Mass‐Driven?

Support for Integration: Élite or Mass‐Driven?

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019829476X.003.0007

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

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