Who wants a referendum on EU membership? Exploring public attitudes in six Member States

Eichhorn, J., Kenealy, D. and Hübner, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-0321-2546, 2020. Who wants a referendum on EU membership? Exploring public attitudes in six Member States. Journal of European Integration. ISSN 0703-6337

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Abstract

Using data from a survey conducted in six EU Member States, we explore what drives citizen demand for referendums on EU membership. We examine whether or not similar drivers and mechanisms can be found across the countries surveyed. We consider what are traditionally understood to be the drivers of euroscepticism, exploring whether those same drivers help to explain demand for referendums on EU membership. Our most important finding is that citizens’ attitudes to EU referendums are not driven, or explained, by a single issue, or by uniform mechanisms cross-nationally. Although we find that trust in EU institutions is a significant predictor of referendum demand, the impact of other factors considered varies substantially across the six countries.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of European Integration
Creators: Eichhorn, J., Kenealy, D. and Hübner, C.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 23 April 2020
ISSN: 0703-6337
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/07036337.2020.1757665DOI
1324813Other
Rights: © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 12 May 2020 14:53
Last Modified: 21 May 2020 09:13
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39822

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