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Why Unpopular? An Analysis of the Relative Low Level of Popularity toward the European Union by Its Citizens

Xie, Guoliang (2006)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
While the huge success of the European Union have, without doubt, drawn new attentions to several other exercises in regional integration in other parts of the world, the public popularity toward the European Union by its citizens is, ironically, at a relative low level - the support level of the membership is around 50 per cent with some yearly fluctuation as indicated by the Eurobarometer.

Thus, considered the unpopularity of the EU among its citizens as a 'huge' case, this study is aimed to give an answer to the benchmark question - in spite of the fact that the European Union is largely viewed as the most successful regional integration exercise/experiment in the world, why is it unpopular among its citizens? Based on Beetham and... (More)
While the huge success of the European Union have, without doubt, drawn new attentions to several other exercises in regional integration in other parts of the world, the public popularity toward the European Union by its citizens is, ironically, at a relative low level - the support level of the membership is around 50 per cent with some yearly fluctuation as indicated by the Eurobarometer.

Thus, considered the unpopularity of the EU among its citizens as a 'huge' case, this study is aimed to give an answer to the benchmark question - in spite of the fact that the European Union is largely viewed as the most successful regional integration exercise/experiment in the world, why is it unpopular among its citizens? Based on Beetham and Lord's three irreducible dimensions of legitimacy - performance, democracy, and identity, it is argued that successful performance, by itself, does not guarantee the legitimacy of, and thus the popularity toward, the EU - democracy and identity are, if not more important than, of equal importance. (Less)
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author
Xie, Guoliang
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
The European Union, Legitimacy, Performance, Democratic Deficit, Identity, Public Sphere, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
English
id
1325585
date added to LUP
2006-06-19
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2006-06-19
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  abstract     = {While the huge success of the European Union have, without doubt, drawn new attentions to several other exercises in regional integration in other parts of the world, the public popularity toward the European Union by its citizens is, ironically, at a relative low level - the support level of the membership is around 50 per cent with some yearly fluctuation as indicated by the Eurobarometer.

Thus, considered the unpopularity of the EU among its citizens as a 'huge' case, this study is aimed to give an answer to the benchmark question - in spite of the fact that the European Union is largely viewed as the most successful regional integration exercise/experiment in the world, why is it unpopular among its citizens? Based on Beetham and Lord's three irreducible dimensions of legitimacy - performance, democracy, and identity, it is argued that successful performance, by itself, does not guarantee the legitimacy of, and thus the popularity toward, the EU - democracy and identity are, if not more important than, of equal importance.},
  author       = {Xie, Guoliang},
  keyword      = {The European Union,Legitimacy,Performance,Democratic Deficit,Identity,Public Sphere,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Why Unpopular? An Analysis of the Relative Low Level of Popularity toward the European Union by Its Citizens},
  year         = {2006},
}