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- DescriptionAfter five decades, Europe as a political entity has become increasingly visible to ordinary citizens and an object of political debates. Much of what is kwn about citizen's attitudes towards Europe is limited to quantitative surveys largely centered on identifying who is for or against the EU. The proposed volume seeks to present a more complete and nuanced picture based on over 600 qualitative interviews conducted in France, Germany, Poland and Italy between 2006 and 2009. The volume seeks to specify the full range of attitudes, the cognitive bases used to formulate opinions, the degree of consistency and conviction of attitudes and the pertinence of sociological and contextual factors explaining observable variations in these attitudes. The results question many of the sweeping generalisations and assumptions about the structuring of public perceptions of Europe . The edited volume will be composed of 12 chapters, all based on intensive fieldwork. The first chapters will discuss the theoretical and methodological underpinnings and the following chapters will focus on a particular type of attitude, social group, or recurrent themes structuring perceptions. The book is targeted to students and scholars in sociology, political science and European studies, as well as European professionals.
- Author BiographyDaniel Gaxie is a political sociologist and Professor of political science at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. He has conducted extensive research on political participation, attitudes and behaviour, elites, institutions and public policies. As well as his involvement in the INTUNE and Eurelites projects he is known for his book Le cens cache, first published in 1978. Nicolas Hube is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Deputy Dean of the Political Science Department at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. As well as his involvement in the INTUNE project, his research interests include the use and misuse of polls in political life and communication in EU institutions. He has published in Perspectives on European Politics and Society. Jay Rowell is a full-time researcher in sociology at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and director of the Centre for European Political Sociology (GSPE) at the University of Strasbourg. His research focuses in particular on disability policy and the uses of statistical instruments in the European polity. He has recently published with A. Campana and E. Henry, La construction des problemes publics en Europe, Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg, 2007 and with M. Mangenot, A political sociology of Europe: Reassessing Constructivism, Manchester University Press, 2010.
- PublisherECPR Press
- Date of Publication01/10/2001
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Series TitleECPR Studies in European Political Science
- Place of PublicationColchester
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintECPR Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight584 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Edited byDaniel Gaxie,Jay Rowell,Nicolas Hube
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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