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An analysis of the public’s personal, national and EU issue priorities

An analysis of the public’s personal, national and EU issue priorities
An analysis of the public’s personal, national and EU issue priorities
Scholars characterize decision-making in the European Union (EU) as increasingly dispersed across different levels of political authority. This has implications for political representation. Yet, little is known about whether and how public opinion differs across levels of governance. In this paper, we consider evaluations of issue priorities. Specifically, we use data from the Eurobarometer to evaluate the degree of correspondence between issues that citizens consider important to them personally, to their country and to the EU. We find generally weak relationships between different levels of governance, which suggests national issue priorities are distinct from both personal and EU priorities. The results indicate that more careful research is needed to understand how public priorities at different levels affect politics and policy in the EU
1350-1763
871-887
Bevan, Shaun
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Jennings, Will
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Wlezien, Christopher
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Bevan, Shaun
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Jennings, Will
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Bevan, Shaun, Jennings, Will and Wlezien, Christopher (2016) An analysis of the public’s personal, national and EU issue priorities. Journal of European Public Policy, 23 (6), 871-887. (doi:10.1080/13501763.2015.1070191).

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Scholars characterize decision-making in the European Union (EU) as increasingly dispersed across different levels of political authority. This has implications for political representation. Yet, little is known about whether and how public opinion differs across levels of governance. In this paper, we consider evaluations of issue priorities. Specifically, we use data from the Eurobarometer to evaluate the degree of correspondence between issues that citizens consider important to them personally, to their country and to the EU. We find generally weak relationships between different levels of governance, which suggests national issue priorities are distinct from both personal and EU priorities. The results indicate that more careful research is needed to understand how public priorities at different levels affect politics and policy in the EU

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 July 2015
e-pub ahead of print date: 25 August 2015
Published date: 2016
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 378605
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/378605
ISSN: 1350-1763
PURE UUID: 5f3ebbf1-5dcb-4980-b833-e905e4ab7205
ORCID for Will Jennings: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9007-8896

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Date deposited: 06 Jul 2015 12:55
Last modified: 17 Dec 2019 01:38

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Author: Shaun Bevan
Author: Will Jennings ORCID iD
Author: Christopher Wlezien

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