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From the Nation State to EuropeEssays in Honour of Jack Hayward$
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Anand Menon and Vincent Wright

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199244034

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199244030.001.0001

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The Further Off from England: British Public Opinion and Europe

The Further Off from England: British Public Opinion and Europe

(p.66) 6 The Further Off from England: British Public Opinion and Europe
From the Nation State to Europe

Hugh Berrington

Rod Hague

Oxford University Press

There has been a lack of analytical rigour in evaluating the historical pattern of British public opinion regarding association with Europe. An excellent framework for such evaluation was provided by the American political scientist V.O. Key, in his book, Public opinion and American democracy (1961), which focused on five issues: first, the patterns of distribution of public opinion, as between consensus and discord; second, the structural distribution, in terms of social and geographical cleavages; third, the properties of opinions, or the intensity with they are held; fourth, the manner in which the formation of opinions takes place; fifth, their linkages with government policy. The chapter attempts a preliminary application of Key's schematic to the British case.

Keywords:   EU, Key, public opinion, UK

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