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Title

The Roots of Confidence in the European Union

Department

Political Science Department

College

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

We analyze public confidence in the EU using the recently released fifth wave (2005-2008) of the World Values Survey. We argue that confidence in the European Union depends on an underlying trust in social and political institutions, and that confidence in the EU does not differ substantially from confidence in other international organizations. In a multivariate regression analysis of individual-level data, we also examine the impact of economic variables, knowledge, and territorial identity.

Conference Name

Midwest International Studies Association

Conference Location

St. Louis, Missouri

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