Understanding EU attitudes in multi-level governance contexts: A social identity perspective

Mols, Frank and Haslam, Alexander S. (2008) Understanding EU attitudes in multi-level governance contexts: A social identity perspective. West European Politics, 31 3: 442-463. doi:10.1080/01402380801939693

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Author Mols, Frank
Haslam, Alexander S.
Title Understanding EU attitudes in multi-level governance contexts: A social identity perspective
Journal name West European Politics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0140-2382
1743-9655
Publication date 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01402380801939693
Volume 31
Issue 3
Start page 442
End page 463
Total pages 22
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
940303 International Organisations
160607 International Relations
Abstract The present research examines the way in which politicians' attitudes towards the EU are affected by comparative identity processes. Interviews among regional politicians in two peripheral regions in the UK (Study 1: Wales and Cornwall) and two peripheral regions in the Netherlands (Study 2: Friesland and Limburg) show that when the relationship between nation-state and European Union is perceived to be negative (i.e., in UK regions), the national government is defined by emphasising the regions' pro-Europe sentiments. When central government is perceived to hold positive EU attitudes (i.e., in The Netherlands), politicians in peripheral regions accuse the national government of over-conformity to the EU, while emphasising the greater historical and cultural link between their region and Europe than between region and nation-state. Discussion focuses on the context-dependent nature of EU attitudes and on the importance of identity considerations at the regional level when examining attitudes towards the EU.
Keyword European Union
Politicians
United Kingdom
Netherlands
National government
Attitudes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2009 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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