The European Union (EU) poses quite profound questions for scholars and students of the social and political sciences. This benchmark Handbook is designed to provide an authoritative state-of-the art guide to the scope of the field suitable for both established scholars and students of the EU; reflect and contribute to the debates about the nature of the field of EU studies and EU politics in particular; and explore in detail the development of the many approaches to the study of EU politics. Divided into four sections, the Handbook focuses on theorizing European integration; the EU as polity; politics and policy making in the EU; and the EU and the international system.

Public Opinion, Socialization and Political Communication

Public Opinion, Socialization and Political Communication

Public opinion, socialization and political communication


This review will focus on the literature dealing with the role of the mass public in the process of European integration and the political life of the European Union. A recent work places the number of articles written on public opinion about European integration at over one hundred (Hooghe and Marks 2005). Theirs is a conservative estimate. I aim to orient the reader in this literature by identifying the major landmarks, indicating the sources of important currents, and alerting the reader to regions yet unexplored.1

The evolution of research on the mass public and European integration has been driven by a number of important factors, of which the most important are political/institutional developments, theoretical trends ...

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