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Citizens and the European PolityMass Attitudes Towards the European and National Polities$
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David Sanders, Pedro Magalhaes, and Gabor Toka

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199602339

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602339.001.0001

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Introduction: Citizens and the European Polity

Introduction: Citizens and the European Polity

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(p.1) 1 Introduction: Citizens and the European Polity
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Citizens and the European Polity
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Pedro C. Magalhães

David Sanders

Gábor Tóka

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602339.003.0001

This chapter presents the volume, its fundamental motivation, and contents. It argues that the end of ‘permissive consensus’ and the entry of mass publics as relevant actors in the dynamics of European integration require a deeper and more comprehensive analysis of how attitudes towards domestic and European politics are linked, especially in the context of an enlarged EU. It describes the main attitudinal aspects addressed by the book chapters and the theoretical perspective that gives unity to the volume and to the entire IntUne series: a conceptualization of the subjective dimensions of European citizenship as consisting in Identity, Representation, and Policy Scope. It then outlines the main questions asked and answered in each of the volume’s chapters.

Keywords:   European integration, permissive consensus, identity, representation, policy scope, political attitudes

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